TRAK as a standard for architecture description needs some sort of governance. Just because it is released under open source licenses does not mean that it is a free-for-all
In order to keep management overheads to a minimum and remain light and flexible the governance structure is based on that used for The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) where the principle of 'rough consensus' applies. To understand this read RFC 4677 - The TAO of the IETF and early thoughts are in an article on the trak-community site.
The heart of TRAK is the set of working groups formed by those who want to solve a problem or develop and application. Anyone can get involved.
The steering group is responsible for the release of TRAK and also for setting the overall direction and strategy of TRAK.
It is chaired by the UK Department for Transport.
The TRAK Steering Group has:
- 3 positions - Chair (Duncan Kemp), Secretary (Joe Silmon) and Architect (Nic Plum)
- 9 members
Members represent parts of the potential community that might engage with or use TRAK:
- academia - Joe Silmon (Birmingham University)
- customer friend - Brian Cliff/Mike Philip (Vega), Brian Hepworth (Atkins)
- government - Duncan Kemp (Department for Transport)
- non-aligned - Nic Plum (Eclectica Systems Ltd.)
- procurers - Colin Wood (London Underground Limited)
- professional bodies - Duncan Kemp (INCOSE)+ Joe Silmon (IET)
- tool vendors - Simon Perry (Atego)
- suppliers - Chris Parker (Bombardier)
The working groups are, not surprisingly, where the work is done. TRAK is deliberately user-centric rather than specifier-centric and therefore the working groups provide the means through which users identify improvements or problems, form a group and deliver the results.
The Steering Group only ensures that the statement of the problem/work to be done aligns with the strategy and makes sure that the results, if appropriate, can be fed back into the definition under version control.
Suggestions for work to be done, the formation of working groups and their business is done making use of discussion forums on Sourceforge for the TRAK Working Groups.