Objectives and Project Structure
The IMR project has three fundamental objectives. It seeks to :
- Gain agreement on the basic principles that form the foundation of the system at a conceptual level, in order to arrive at a shared understanding of what the system should do and for whom.
- Create globally balanced discussions within each major sector of the music industry, from licensees to licensors, on the features that each group of stakeholders needs from the system.
- Create a detailed system design, based on those features that can enable the system to be built.
Throughout, global communities will be encouraged to discuss and influence IMR project developments, in particular as milestones are reached, such as:
- The preparation of a solid draft of the Basic Principles, for broad input
- Draft terms of reference for sectoral feature teams
- Nominations of individuals to the feature teams
- Draft system features produced by the feature teams
Proposals for governance and financial models will be developed by the IMR Consultative Committee, following the best advice available on multi-stakeholder governance systems. Those proposals will be subject to consultation throughout worldwide stakeholder communities. Requirement gathering and technical work will take place in Sector Feature Teams (see the table below).
The process is designed to build and maintain trust and will incorporate measures to ensure a wide participation in the ultimate system. The system's features will be designed to serve a wide range of stakeholders throughout the world.
|Characteristic||Strategic Discussions -"Consultative Committee"||Features and Services Design -"Sector Feature Teams"|
|Start Date||November 2010 (actual)||April 2011 (proposed)|
|Objective of Discussions||Initial Stage: Gain agreement on:
||Sectoral discussions to agree on and prioritize:
|Characteristics of participants||Initial Stage:
|Timeline||Initial Stage: November 2010 - January 2011
Second Stage: February 2011 - April 2011
|Initial Stage: Meetings can begin as soon as second-stage characteristics are agreed in the strategic discussions.|
|Number of participants||Not more than 25, excluding support staff.||As required, keeping in mind that each sector meets separately to develop its feature needs and request lists.|
|Mechanisms for meeting||Initial Stage: One initial face-to-face meeting, followed by telephone conferences as needed, and a second face-to-face meeting, if required. If possible, meetings will be supported by audiovisual remote participation via WebEx or similar technologies.
Second stage: An initial face-to-face meeting, followed by telephone conferences as required, and an additional face-to-face meeting if necessary.
|As determined by each sector. It is anticipated that most meetings in each sector will take place electronically.|