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==Start-up Information==
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The following information should be provided in an application to start or restart an OWASP Chapter:
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*List of the people that are founding the chapter. Each founding member(s) must submit:
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**Statement regarding their background or resume, and
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**Statement of why he or she wants to be an OWASP Leader.
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*The geographical area to be covered by the new chapter. Chapter names should represent the immediate city or region that is being served. It is also preferred that the chapter leader(s) work or live in the geographical area.
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*Acknowledgement that founding member(s) has read, understands, and agrees to the terms of the Chapter Handbook.
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*While it is not mandatory, a good understanding of English will help with communication within the OWASP global community.
  
'''''(Work in progress)'''''
 
  
== Starting or Restarting a chapter ==
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Requests to start or restart an OWASP Chapter should be submitted to: http://sl.owasp.org/contactus
An OWASP local chapter organizes OWASP activity in a given geographical area. A person or a group (the "founding group") can request to start a new chapter in a geographical area not currently served by an OWASP group. The global chapter committee should actively seen founders to start groups in geographical ares not covered by an OWASP chapter.
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A request to start or restart a chapter should be submitted by the founding group to the OWASP board and should include:
 
* '''List of the people that are founding the chapter'''
 
** The founding group members should join as OWASP members
 
** The request should in include their resumes.
 
* '''The geographical area to be covered by the new chapter'''
 
** The geographical area should not overlap with an existing chapter.
 
** OWASP chapters promote face to face meetings and the geographical area covered should be no more than a reasonable travel for an afternoon meeting [1].
 
* '''Recommendation by 5 current OWASP leaders'''
 
* This requirement can be waived by the board, especially if the chapter is started in a remote area in which OWASP currently has no activity.
 
* '''Recommendation by 5 people who practice information security in the covered geography'''
 
** Required to complement the founding group if it is smaller than 5. If there is one founder, 4 recommendations are needed, if there are two founders, 3 recommendations are needed as so on.
 
** Relevant bio details of the recommending people should be added.
 
  
The OWASP board will decide whether to grant the person of group the opportunity to start the new chapter for a trial period, but not before submitting the request for a review by OWASP leaders. The review will enable OWASP
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==New Chapter Approval Process==
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After receiving the above information via the online form, an OWASP employee will give a cursory check of the above items to ensure new chapter leaders are serious and understand their commitment, and forward the request to the Global Chapter Committee for a second approval. Upon receipt of a second approval by a member of the Global Chapter Committee, the applicant can move forward as a chapter leader. A chapter wiki page and mailing list will be set up for the new leader(s). Additionally the chapter leader(s) will be given an OWASP email account and password to operate as the administrator of the new chapter mailing list.
  
=== Trial period ===
 
The founding members of the local chapter should achieve the minimum activity listed below. The global chapter committee would review the chapters activity after 3 months and after
 
  
== Terminating a Chapter ==
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==Chapter Naming==
Terminating a chapter should be rare. An OWASP chapter is terminated by a board decision if:
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The format used for naming a chapter is: OWASP [Insert City, Region, or Country Name of Chapter].
* The chapter did not meet the minimum activity requirements
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For example: OWASP Austin, OWASP London, OWASP Malaysia
* The chapter leadership has not followed the chapter guidelines as outlines in this manual. Critical guidelines are:
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** Operation with the OWASP charter
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** Lack of conflict of interest in running the chapter
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The board will inform the chapter leadership about the decision and will allow it to correct the issues leading to the termination within 3 months.
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It is not necessary to specify your chapter is a “local” chapter, because by definition any chapter is “local”.  When registering your chapter name on Linkedin, Meetup, myowasp.ning.com, or any other social media site please follow this naming convention as it makes sorting and finding chapters easier.
  
The global chapter committee should periodically review chapters activity and if the do not meet the minimum activity requirement may recommend to the board to terminate them. If terminated, the OWASP Global chapters committee would actively seek a replacing founding team to restart the chapter.
 
  
== Chapter's structure ==
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==Geographic area==
Since chapters are based on volunteers work, there is no mandatory chapter structure. The only requirement is for chapter needs to have a chairman who is responsible to answer to the OWASP board. We do recommend that a chapter would have also a board with at least 3 members, each one having a specific role (To do: roles list).
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An OWASP local chapter organizes OWASP activity in a given geographical area. A person or a group (the "founding members") can request to start a new chapter in a geographical area not currently served by an OWASP group.
  
Chapters are free to decide on the number of role holders, their titles, how they are selected and for how long. In case there is a dispute that cannot be resolved by the chapters members the following rules will apply:
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One key to a successful OWASP chapter is selecting the right geographical area. Naturally the geographical area should not overlap with an existing chapter. OWASP chapters promote face-to-face meetings and the geographical area covered should be no more than a reasonable travel for a meeting. On the other hand the area should be large enough to serve enough people who are interested in web application security and enough people to be active in the chapter.
* If more than one person apply for a role, and the candidates cannot find a cooperative solution, elections would be held. The elections would be held by e-mail and every OWASP member who ....
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* A person would serve in a given role for a period 24 months.
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* Once the period ends, the
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(Open issue: chapter membership)
 
  
== Conflict of interest ==
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==Student, University, or Academic Chapters==
* Proper disclosure guidelines  
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OWASP student, university, academic chapters must follow the same mandatory guidelines set for standard OWASP Chapters, however there are generally special funds and people in place to provide support and guidance for these chapters. Information about the the Global Education Committee (GEC) is available at: https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Global_Education_Committee or email them at: [mailto:global_education_committee@lists.owasp.org global_education_committee@lists.owasp.org].
  
== Minimum activity requirements ==
 
  
 
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== Foot notes ==
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[1] An open issue is country chapters. As a result of the OWASP chapters geographical area definition, they are usually limited to a city. While country chapters exist, there is currently no formal concept of a country chapter and no guidelines for the relationship between the country chapter and local city chapters. This may be of interest as some activities are national in essence such as translation of OWASP material, participation in regulatory bodies and large scale conferences.
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Latest revision as of 13:43, 28 December 2011

Contents

Start-up Information

The following information should be provided in an application to start or restart an OWASP Chapter:

  • List of the people that are founding the chapter. Each founding member(s) must submit:
    • Statement regarding their background or resume, and
    • Statement of why he or she wants to be an OWASP Leader.
  • The geographical area to be covered by the new chapter. Chapter names should represent the immediate city or region that is being served. It is also preferred that the chapter leader(s) work or live in the geographical area.
  • Acknowledgement that founding member(s) has read, understands, and agrees to the terms of the Chapter Handbook.
  • While it is not mandatory, a good understanding of English will help with communication within the OWASP global community.


Requests to start or restart an OWASP Chapter should be submitted to: http://sl.owasp.org/contactus


New Chapter Approval Process

After receiving the above information via the online form, an OWASP employee will give a cursory check of the above items to ensure new chapter leaders are serious and understand their commitment, and forward the request to the Global Chapter Committee for a second approval. Upon receipt of a second approval by a member of the Global Chapter Committee, the applicant can move forward as a chapter leader. A chapter wiki page and mailing list will be set up for the new leader(s). Additionally the chapter leader(s) will be given an OWASP email account and password to operate as the administrator of the new chapter mailing list.


Chapter Naming

The format used for naming a chapter is: OWASP [Insert City, Region, or Country Name of Chapter]. For example: OWASP Austin, OWASP London, OWASP Malaysia

It is not necessary to specify your chapter is a “local” chapter, because by definition any chapter is “local”. When registering your chapter name on Linkedin, Meetup, myowasp.ning.com, or any other social media site please follow this naming convention as it makes sorting and finding chapters easier.


Geographic area

An OWASP local chapter organizes OWASP activity in a given geographical area. A person or a group (the "founding members") can request to start a new chapter in a geographical area not currently served by an OWASP group.

One key to a successful OWASP chapter is selecting the right geographical area. Naturally the geographical area should not overlap with an existing chapter. OWASP chapters promote face-to-face meetings and the geographical area covered should be no more than a reasonable travel for a meeting. On the other hand the area should be large enough to serve enough people who are interested in web application security and enough people to be active in the chapter.


Student, University, or Academic Chapters

OWASP student, university, academic chapters must follow the same mandatory guidelines set for standard OWASP Chapters, however there are generally special funds and people in place to provide support and guidance for these chapters. Information about the the Global Education Committee (GEC) is available at: https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Global_Education_Committee or email them at: global_education_committee@lists.owasp.org.