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Constitution of ESCA Special Interest Group on Speech Synthesis

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Draft constitution of the ESCA special interest group on speech synthesis (SynSIG) - August 1998
(note that ESCA is now ISCA)


Contents

Statement of purpose

The purpose of the European Speech Communication Association (ESCA) Special Interest Group on Speech Synthesis (the SIG) shall be to promote interest in speech synthesis; to provide members of ESCA with a special interest in speech synthesis with a means of exchanging news of recent research developments and other matters of interest in speech synthesis; to sponsor meetings and workshops in speech synthesis that appear to be timely and worthwile, operating within the framework of ESCA's by-laws for SIGs; and to provide and make available resources relevant to speech synthesis, including text and speech corpora, analysis tools, analysis and generation software, research papers and generated data.

Elected officers

The elected officers of the SIG shall consist of a Chairperson, a Secretary and a Liaison Officer. The Chairperson and Secretary shall be members in good standing of ESCA.

The term of all elected officers of the SIG shall be two years. They can be re-elected, but consecutive appointments are limited to four successive terms.

Duties

  • The duties of the Chairperson shall be:
    • to have primary executive authority over actions and activities of the SIG;
    • to prepare an annual written report on the activities of the SIG for the ESCA Board before July 1st each year;
    • to communicate with the ESCA Board and with members of the SIG;
  • The duties of the Secretary shall be:
    • to maintain a membership list of the SIG;
    • to be responsible for any funds awarded to the SIG by the ESCA Board;
    • to collect and manage any dues that may be required by the organization;
    • to present a written annual report on the SIG finances to the ESCA Board.
  • The duties of the Liaison Representative shall be:
    • to communicate with the Chairperson and the Secretary;
    • to maintain a Web Page and mirror sites for the dissemination of tools, resources, links, and information about the SIG;
    • to answer any general enquiries about the SIG.

Election of officers

All officers of the SIG shall be elected by a vote of the membership. The vote shall take place at least six months before the expiration of the terms of the officers to be elected, with at least 4 weeks notice of nominations to SIG members.

In the event of a casual vacancy, an extraordinary election shall be held for an officer to complete the current term of office. Candidates must be nominated by two members, must accept nomination, and must be members in good standing of ESCA.

Votes may be entered by electronic or physical mail, and votes arriving by the notified closing date will be counted by a returning officer appointed by the Chairperson and agreed to by all candidates.

Nominations shall be called at least three months prior to the election, and shall close two months prior to the election. All members shall be notified of the election date and the nominations at least four weeks prior to the close of voting, and results shall be notified to the members within four weeks of the close of voting.

Notification shall signify dispatch of mail by the medium and to the address last notified to the secretary.

Dues

Dues will not be charged, but voluntary contributions will be encouraged from members according to need.

Referenda

A change to this constitution, or a motion on any other matter, may be initiated by five members (petitioners) in writing or by agreement of the Chairperson and Secretary (on the suggestion of a member or otherwise). The motions will be put to the members within six months of receipt of a petition if the petitioners so request. Otherwise, constitutional amendments and other motions will be put to the vote in conjunction with the regular elections.

Members will be given notification at least three months in advance of any referendum, and further motions or amendments proposed by two members shall be accepted up to two months before the close of voting. Votes may be entered by electronic or physical mail, and votes arriving by the notified closing date will be counted by a returning officer appointed by the Chairperson and agreed to by all petitioners. All members shall be notified of the date of the referendum and the proposed motions and amendments at least four weeks prior to the close of voting, and results shall be notified to the members within four weeks of the close of voting.

Any change to this constitution requires a two-thirds majority of those eligible to vote and is subject to approval by the ESCA Board. Any other matter requires a simple majority of those actually voting.

Notification shall signify dispatch of mail by the medium and to the address last notified to the secretary.

Resource management

In providing and making available any resources as defined in Clause I, and especially any held and distributed electronically, the SIG shall follow proper procedures with respect to matters like copyright, registration and data protection as is appropriate to each case.

Furthermore, where the SIG may be deemed the proprietor of a resource, as the SIG is a subordinate body of ESCA it is understood that ESCA is ultimate proprietor and therefore other members of ESCA who are not members of the SIG may have access to the SIG's resources and the ESCA Board may itself make available such resources even to non-members.

The SIG shall not enter into any formal or potentially legally binding contracts without the approval of the ESCA Board (or the ESCA Treasurer acting under delegated powers). The SIG shall not enter into any financial commitments for such resources without ensuring that the moneys required are available.

Appendix A - names and e-mail addresses of initial members

You may want to consult the list of initial members


SynSIG is a Special Interest Group of ISCA, the International Speech Communication Association.

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