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IAU FITS Working Group (OLD) Rules and Procedures

These rules were in effect from 20 May 2005 to 01 January 2014.

The following discussion describes the rules and procedures to be followed by the IAU FITS Working Group (FWG). These rules have been established by the FWG Executive Committee (EC), which has the right to modify them at any time. The EC also has the authority to determine what procedures are to be followed in any circumstances that are not explicitly covered under the existing rules. The EC currently has 7 voting members consisting of the chairman and vice chairman of the FWG, the previous chairman of the FWG, and the chairman of the 4 regional FITS committees (North America, Europe, Japan, and Australia/New Zealand). In principle, the 'Designated FITS Representative' to the Virtual Observatory Working Group (also established by IAU Commission 5) is also a member of the EC, but at present this member is also the chairman of one of the regional committees. The EC typically makes decisions on a unanimous consensus basis, but if necessary, a simple majority vote (currently, 4 out of 7 members) may be used to reach a decision.

1. Issues related to the definition of the FITS Standard

2. Business or Procedural Issues

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