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PROJECT MESA WORKING METHODS

For more information about working with MESA refer to the Rules page. 

 
The Public Safety Partnership Project, Project MESA, uses electronic working both outside and within meetings in order to keep the cost to a minimum. 
E-mail exploder lists have been created for discussion and distribution of information.

The MESA web pages provide up-to-date information on specification work, as well as the meeting calendar, meeting reports, meeting documents and latest versions of specifications. 
Links to file server areas of the SSG and the TSG can be found via the MESA committee web pages.
 

E-mail reflectors

The SC, SSG and the TSG each have their own e-mail lists for discussion of the subjects within their scope. 

Each group may apply e-mail decision procedures for decisions they are entitled to take. 
 

E-mail drafting phase

An e-mail drafting session can be launched, either on a dedicated exploder list as a cybermeeting or as an informal discussion between interested delegates.

The end-goal is always to reach an “agreement” on the subject for submission at the next meeting or via an e-mail approval procedure.
 

Decision announcement

When a decision is made (agreed, rejected, postponed, ...) a clear notification on what has been agreed is sent on the main mailing lists of the relevant groups.
 

MESA Specifications

The MESA SSG and TSG are responsible for the technical content and consistency of the specifications.

The MESA Secretariat is responsible for the proper management of the entire documentation, including specifications, meeting documents, administrative information and information exchange with other bodies.

Each MESA Specification is under the responsibility of a Rapporteur
The role of the Rapporteur is to:

  • Serve as Editor (following the guidance of the SSG or TSG) until the specification is placed under change control.
     

  • Deliver a clean specification to the MESA Secretariat for editorial clean-up before submission for approval to come under change control.

and, in co-operation with the MESA Secretariat, to:

  • Review all Change Requests to the specification prior to agreement in the Specification Group. This includes identifying and resolving clashes.
     

  • Oversee the technical quality of the specification.
     

  • Explain the specification to any other group where appropriate.
     

  • Serve as focal point for technical questions.
     

Availability and distribution of specifications

The MESA Secretariat shall make all versions of all specifications available as soon as possible (before and after their approval on the file server).
 
Such "availability" does not constitute formal "publication". 
Under the terms of the MESA partnership agreement, the Organizational Partners which are Standards Development Organizations will publish SSG and TSG-approved specifications in the form of their own standards

 

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