At OLS, we are thrilled to share a significant milestone: the establishment of the OLS Governance Committee. In this post, we highlight their work with us over the past six months.
After operating as a volunteer organisation from 2019 to 2021, 2022 marked our first full year with paid positions, including a paid role (60%) for Yo Yehudi as the Executive Director who dedicated their time to enhancing our organisational structure and sustainability plans.
The year 2023 was pivotal for OLS, witnessing substantial progress in refining processes, expanding our team, and shaping community sustainability plans. It also marked the emergence of our governance work.
In June 2023, the OLS Board invited 10 community leaders from OLS and the open science community to form our inaugural Governance Committee (referred to as Committee). The Committee aims to provide strategic oversight, shape the governance framework, and enhance accountability and transparency in OLS’ work.
Learn more about the Governance Committee and its members on our governance page. Individual committee members are listed below:
Patricia Herterich from the OLS team serves as the Organisation Secretary. Two OLS Board representatives, Malvika Sharan and Yo Yehudi, join the Governance Committee as Organisation Liaisons. They facilitate communication, manage operational responsibilities, and ensure a seamless flow of information between the OLS team, the Committee, and the broader OLS community. Importantly, they do not participate in the voting and consensus-building process of the Committee.
The initial phase of governance work focused on inviting leaders actively engaged within OLS. The selection process, endorsed by the OLS Board, prioritised diverse representation and expertise within our community. Over the past six months, the Committee collaborated closely with the OLS team to clarify and document governance processes.
All documents are available on our public GitHub repository: ols-governance/docs.
As we enter the second phase, we are excited to leverage the Committee’s advisory support in enhancing transparency, fostering inclusivity through feedback, and championing sustainability within our organisation. This phase includes:
The journey continues, and we are very grateful to our Committee members for their generosity and time in OLS.
You can follow updates on our GitHub repository for governance. We look forward to sharing ongoing discussions and developments with the broader OLS community!