Principles, bodies, and processes.

Principles and Bodies

OASC members are cities, towns, and rural areas on planet earth, as jointly defined by the EU, OECD, World Bank, FAO, UN-Habitat, and ILO.

OASC members strive to collaborate, learn, share, implement, and replicate, in order to act as catalysts for the global adoption of local solutions that further sustainable development goals as defined by the international community.

OASC membership is - and always will be - completely free and universally accessible to all cities, towns, and rural areas, irrespective of size, means, geography, location, or other factors.

OASC members can join OASC by joining an OASC Chapter consisting of at least two members.

OASC members are represented in the Council of Cities, the Board of Directors, the General Assembly, and the Working Groups of OASC

OASC members can represent themselves; be formally represented by another member; or be formally represented by an elected not-for profit and non-commercial organisation.

OASC members formally adopt, endorse, support, and advance the Minimal Interoperability Mechanisms and their underlying principles of open data; open APIs; open access; and 'driven by implementation'.

How MIMs are proposed

OASC is a strategic organisation and uniquely impactful network that harnesses principles of pushing the envelope by being 'driven by implementation'. The organisation and its members are at any given moment involved in hundreds if not thousands of local and international projects involving a variety of aspects related to digital transformation, scalable climate action, shoring up competitiveness and development, improving budget and risk control capabilities, and societal governance of advanced technologies.

Early results of projects are presented at Working Groups, the Technology Council, or special purpose fora and initiatives (both within and outside of OASC) to gather early feedback on global problem/solution fit, interoperability aspects, willingness to adopt, existing comparable baselines, running complementary projects, and leapfrogging opportunities.

Deployed and validated solutions are shared with the Council of Cities, presented at the CITYxCITY Festival, offered via courses on the CxC Academy, and/or listed on the CxC Catalogue and its sister catalogues.

The OASC 'driven by implementation' DNA provides fertile grounds for identifying candidate MIMs for global adoption. Following such adoption by the network of the initial 3 MIMs, the cities of Helsinki and Amsterdam in 2020 proposed MIM4 on Personal Data Management and MIM5 on Fair AI respectively for adoption. In 2021, MIMs on e.g. Security, Circular Economy Monitoring, and Geospatial Information are being prepared for proposal to the General Assembly by cities and partners.

How MIMs are adopted

The Council of Cities (CoC), representing all OASC cities across 4 continents, holds the final verdict on what becomes a MIM and what capabilities are contained therein. The CoC exclusively represents the so-called 'demand side': nowhere in the CoC, or anywhere else in the governance of OASC for that matter, are decisions made by companies or individual commercial interests. This ensures an open and level playing field, and ultimately an addressable and interoperable global market.

The proposal for a new MIM is prepared by initially one city or partner who then opens up the process for consideration and enrichment by other members and partners in the CoC and WGs.

How MIMs are governed

The Technology Council ensures that already specified Minimal Interoperability Mechanisms (MIMs) remain relevant and can be effectively adopted and implemented by the OASC ecosystem and the wider market.

It is the Technology Council’s ambition to maintain the MIMs to support the sustainable development of open and interoperable digital platforms, based on further developing and expanding open standards, technical specifications, APIs, and data models.

The purpose of the OASC Technology Council is threefold:

  1. To oversee the overall roadmap of the Minimal Interoperability Mechanisms.

  2. To support the technical development of existing MIMs and explore the technical possibilities for proposed MIMs.

  3. To provide the OASC governance bodies with impartial advice and guidance on relevant technologies and standards that underpin the MIMs.

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