- Project Plan (October 2010)
TIGAR Project Governance
The TIGAR pilot project is a collaborative initiative under the auspices of the WIPO Stakeholders’ Platform. The Stakeholders’ Platform is the owner of the project, along with representatives of right holders; organizations for the blind, visually impaired and other persons with print disabilities (VIPs); and WIPO. The Stakeholders’ Platform:
- has overall responsibility for the project;
- approves the admission of participating organizations;
- supports funding efforts by the Steering Committee; and
- approves the appointment of Steering Committee members and the overarching or principal project manager recommended by the Steering Committee.
The Steering Committee comprises four representatives from the right holder community, four from the Trusted Intermediary (TIs) or accessibility community plus one WIPO representative. The Committee is co-chaired by a representative from the right holder community and one from the accessibility community for the lifetime of the project. The Steering Committee is responsible for:
- overall project implementation;
- securing funding for the project with support from the Stakeholders’ Platform;
- approving change requests such as a revised project roadmap;
- making recommendations for the appointment of the co-chairs, overarching or principal project manager and the admission of participating organizations; and
- implementing recommendations made by the Stakeholders’ Platform.
The Project Management Team
The Project Management Team, led by a principal project manager, is responsible for the operational implementation of the project, including managing the project budget, and adhering to criteria set by the Steering Committee. The Team does not set direction or make policy decisions but will make recommendations on these issues to the Steering Committee.
Advisory Groups for right holders and TIs provide advice and support to the project via the Steering Committee, with a view to ensuring the interests of their respective communities are accurately represented in project deliverables. Internationally composed working groups will be established to address specific issues and needs across all project activities. These will be resourced from among TIs, right holders and other designated experts.
Trusted Intermediary or Rightsholder Project Team(s)
Each participating TI or right holder must provide a project leader to oversee its contribution. Project leaders should rely on support from within their organizations. Ideally, a TI or right holder Project Team should consist of a Project Executive/Leader and Project Manager, as well as an internal Project Team.
Diagram of TIGAR Project Governance Structure
The diagram below shows the proposed reporting structure for the pilot project. Specifically,
- the Steering Committee reports to the WIPO Stakeholders’ Platform;
- two Advisory Groups support the Steering Committee (one representing the right holder perspective and the other that of TI organizations);
- the overarching or principal Project Manager of the Project Management Team reports to the Steering Committee;
- the Project Managers/Leaders in each of the participating right holder and TI organizations and WIPO communicate and liaise with the principal Project Manager;
- the principal Project Manager can seek technical support and advice from the two Advisory Groups, and can request that the Steering Committee create international working groups on specific matters;
- International working groups would be drawn from among the participating organizations or a pool of external experts. They would work closely with the Advisory Groups, Project Management Team and the TI and right holder Project Teams.