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[802SEC] *********** Electronic Participation Straw Poll - Please respond by 2/6/09 ******************

EC and Whitespace members,


Twice I tried to run this poll electronically on the webex.  Due to many
flaws in the electronic polling (which I will detail elsewhere) I was
unable to complete the polls effectively.  However I have promised the
EC I would collect this information.  Accordingly I am doing the poll
manually via e-mail.


Below please find a straw poll concerning electronic participation that
should take 3-5 minutes to complete.   If you participated in the TV
Whitespace Face to Face meetings last week in LA, CA (either
electronically or in-person) please respond to the questions and send
them back to me via e-mail.  I will accept inputs till Feb 6th.  Please
participate in this poll as it will influence IEEE 802's decision to
allow further electronic participation in the future.  If you know of
other participants who are not on the EC or Whitespace reflectors,
please forward this to them.  My intent is only to share bulk statistic
with the EC and not individual responses in case that is a concern.


Thank you in advance for your assistance. 





Matthew Sherman 
Chair, IEEE802 Whitespace ECSG 
BAE Systems -  Network Systems (NS) 
Office: +1 973.633.6344 
Cell: +1 973.229.9520 



Electronic Participation Straw Poll


Purpose:  To investigate the use of electronic participation at IEEE 802
interim session meetings.  


Background:  There is interest in allowing electronic participation
(Teleconference, Webex, etc) at IEEE 802 Interim meetings.  As an
experiment, use of these techniques was permitted at the January 2009
Wireless Interim just for the TV Whitespace Executive Committee Study
Group (ECSG).  As a precondition for allowing electronic participation
at those meetings, the IEEE 802 Chair has required that a hypothesis be
stated concerning what benefit electronic participation would have,
metrics be developed to validate or disprove the hypothesis, and
collection of data to which the metrics would be applied and analysis
conducted.  The analysis would be presented to the IEEE 802 Executive
Committee for their consideration.  It is intended that if electronic
participation were generally permitted at IEEE 802 Interim sessions the
use of such techniques would be left to individual Working Groups (WG)
to decide.  If implemented, the Chair of the WG would need to ensure
that it is administered in a fair fashion. It is unlikely that IEEE 802
attendance credit could be granted for electronic participation due to
various issues.  Voting may also be problematic given the current tools.
Only access to presentations via webex, and interaction with in-person
participations via teleconference would be assured.


Hypothesis: The quality of resulting standards is higher if other IEEE
802 WG / external organizations can participate electronically at
interim sessions vs not having electronic participation at those



Straw polls (Metrics):  The following questions shall be straw polled
(as metrics) during the last TV Whitespace ECSG meeting of the January
2009 Wireless Interim.  Both in-person and electronic participants
should participate and answer the questions as to how they personally
feel allowing electronic participation affected the parameter in
question.  Some questions allow an 'integer' range of response from
negative (-) 5 to positive (+) 5 including 0 (no impact or no opinion).
That is, -5, -4, -3, -2, -1, 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 are the only valid
responses.  Negative values imply the responder feels the metric being
considered was impacted (overall) negatively.  Positive values imply the
metric was impacted (overall) positively.


How did you participate in the meeting - electronically or
non-electronically? (Electronically / Non-electronically)


Do you feel that the meeting was conducted more or less fairly with
electronic participants than without? (-5/+5)


Did having electronic participation available increase or decrease your
effectiveness in the standards process? (-5/+5)


Did having electronic participation available increase or decrease your
ability to participate in the standards process vs not having electronic
participation? (-5/+5)


Would you participate electronically if you were required to pay the
incremental costs for providing electronic participation? (Yes / No)


Would you participate electronically if you were required to pay the
full registration fee (but no voting or attendance credit)? (Yes / No)






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