SECTION 24 EMERGING PRODUCTS AND SERVICES COMMITTEE
The Emerging Products and Services Committee (EPSC) shall, at the direction of and to the degree specified by the President, participate in the development of emerging products and services and related policies, for the IEEE Computer Society.
24.1.1 Boards Responsible for Innovation
Each board within the Computer Society is responsible for developing and improving its lines of products of services. These boards shall develop, revise and extend their own products and services. They are free to call for the assistance of the EPSC for any of this work.
24.1.2 Responsibilities of EPSC
At the direction of the President or as requested by the Board of Governors, the EPSC may assist boards as they develop new products, services, and related policies. The EPSC may be called on by the President to coordinate the development of new products, services, or policies that involve multiple boards, or that does not have a home within an existing board. The EPSC may, at the request of the President: initiate and receive proposals for emerging or existing products, services, and related policies that extend the offerings of the Computer Society beyond its existing products and services; evaluate new technologies for products or services, especially those that may be used by more than one board; oversee the definition and operation of projects and activities necessary to test the feasibility of proposals; and make recommendations to the President, regarding ultimate disposition of such proposals and projects.
24.2 EMERGING PRODUCTS & SERVICES COMMITTEE
The EPSC shall be chaired by the EPSC chair and shall consist of the chair of the STC Governance Committee and three to five members appointed by the EPSC chair with the consent of the Executive Committee. The President of the Society may appoint up to two voting members. Appropriate staff members shall serve as ex officio nonvoting members of the EPSC.
24.2.2 Budgeting Responsibilities
If requested by the President and/or members of the Board, the EPSC shall review proposals, annual budgets, PIFs, and operating plans for new products, services, and policies. Additionally, the EPSC shall prepare and recommend its own annual budget to the Finance Committee and the Board of Governors.
24.2.3 Emerging Products and Services Handbook
The EPSC shall create and be responsible for maintaining an Emerging Products and Services Handbook, which sets forth detailed procedures for the operation of the Society's electronic products and services and continuity of the operation of Society's electronic products and services. The EPSC may modify its procedures without Board of Governors approval provided that its procedures are consistent with the policies and procedures of the IEEE Computer Society. All changes to the handbook procedures shall be published in the Agenda Book prepared for the next Board of Governors' meeting following the change. The EPSC chair is responsible for ensuring that a copy of the current handbook is distributed to each voting and non-voting member of the EPSC, operations committees, and the Board of Governors at the beginning of each calendar year.
24.3 PROJECTS AND PROJECT COMMITTEES
24.3.1 Operations and Duties
The EPSC shall support projects that are aligned with the Computer Society's most recent strategic plan. Such projects, whether received or initiated by the EPSC must be documented to include all information required in the (short) Product Initiation Form defined in the IEEE Computer Society Planning Committee Handbook. Received proposals shall be reviewed in a timely manner by the EPSC, and the chair shall recommend courses of action to the President. The EPSC may create project committees, and appoint project committee chair to carry out the goals of a proposal. Project committee activities shall be reviewed annually by the EPSC before the final annual meeting of the Board of Governors, and the EPSC chair shall recommend to the president-elect termination or continuation of project committees for the following year.
24.4 OBJECTIVES AND OPERATING PRINCIPLES
24.4.1 With the exception of those products designed specifically for membership benefits only and not for revenue generation, emerging products and services should generate revenues sufficient to recover both their marginal cost of production and a prorated share of the costs of preparing the information for use in any medium.
24.4.2. When subscription is needed to access a revenue-generating product, subscription access to emerging products or services should be routinely accomplished through the IEEE member and subscription sign-up and renewal processes, and not a separate process with separate billings and fulfillment costs. Adding the ability to sign up new members and subscriptions via the web, and to allow members to up update their own address records online, should be a high priority.
24.5 SPECIAL TECHNICAL COMMUNITIES (STCs)
STCs are self-sustaining (revenue-generating) online communities of computing professionals (including students) who share a common technical, geographic, career, or other interest. STCs are created to capitalize on supported or approved social networking facilities of the Computer Society in order to realize a set of common objectives. STCs may be created around any set of ideas that are relevant to the Society's field of interest. STCs are agile entities that are relatively easy to create and organize, and that can develop new products and services to realize their communities' goals and objectives.
24.5.1 STC Governance Committee
The STC Governance Committee shall be a standing committee of the EPSC. It consists of at least four and no more than six voting members who are appointed by the EPSC chair with the approval of the President of the Computer Society. All chairs of active, recognized STCs are ex officio, non-voting members of the STC Governance Committee (STC GC).
24.5.2 Chair of STC Governance Committee
The Chair of the STC Governance Committee shall be appointed by the President upon the recommendation of the EPSC Chair. The Chair of the STC Governance Committee shall be a full voting member of EPSC.
The STC GC shall be responsible for all strategic and operational matters related to the vitality of STCs.
The STC GC shall establish and maintain the standards and operating infrastructure necessary to support STCs. The STC GC shall review all applications for new STCs and approve or reject such applications. The STC GC shall conduct thorough reviews to assess the overall vitality of all existing STCs and approve their continuation or termination.
24.5.4 STC Handbook
The STC Governance Committee shall approve, govern, review, and terminate all STCs according to the policies and procedures specified in the STC Handbook.
The STC Governance Committee shall be responsible for reviewing the STC Handbook and recommending changes, additions or deletions to the Handbook. Any changes, additions or deletions to the STC Handbook shall be approved by the EPSC.
24.5.5 Annual Review
The EPSC shall review the STC program at the end of each fiscal year. The EPSC shall report to the Board of Governors the accomplishments of all active STCs, the number of active STCs at the start of the year, the number of new STCs that were formed in the year, and the number of STCs that were terminated during the year.
At the end of each year, the EPSC shall review the overall health of each STC and shall recommend actions to the president for the coming year. The EPSC can recommend that the STC program continue as it operated during the prior year, continue with modifications to the program, or cease operations. The president shall report the recommendation to the Board of Governors.