Digistan workgroups

A Digistan workgroup consists of at least one email list and zero or more websites including a Digistan 'microsite' (on the digistan.domain) and a public site (on a separate domain).

Public workgroups

Participation in these workgroups is open to all qualified individuals on acceptance of the workgroup founder and according to the published workgroup policies.

Foundation workgroups

  • public - the Digistan public forum, for all discussion that is not specifically part of a workgroup. Email list: public@digistan.org


Standards development

  • COSS - the consensus-oriented specification system.

Private workgroups

Participation in these workgroups is by invitation only:

  • eboard - the Extended Board of Digistan. This list runs Digistan until a more formal organizational structure is put into place.
  • Domino - a internationalised repackaging of the Netherlands e-government specifications. Goal is to get package that can be reused in many countries. Email list: domino-public@digistan.org.

Workgroup news

Starting a new workgroup

To start a new workgroup, join the public list and discuss there.

If you want a new list or wiki, or have problems using any of the Digistan infrastructure, please email gro.natsigid|nimdasys#gro.natsigid|nimdasys.

Workgroup policy

Creating a new workgroup

New workgroups are approved by the Digistan board in discussion with members. The Digistan board is the sole authority that can create and delete Digistan workgroups.

Any person can request to start a new Digistan workgroup by discussing the idea on the gro.natsigid|cilbup#gro.natsigid|cilbup mailing list. In general workgroups should be in line with Digistan's objectives, founded by someone who has already participated in existing Digistan workgroups, and not overlap with other Digistan workgroups.


All workgroups have a set of founders, who run the workgroup according to policies. By default this policy governs workgroups that have no explicit policy.

There are two types of workgroup: public and private. While we value transparency, we also value privacy in some cases. Private workgroups allow the discussion of topics that may be controversial.


Membership of workgroups is subject to moderation, i.e. approval by the workgroup founders. The workgroup founders may remove people from the workgroup without explanation.


All workgroup lists are archived. Archives are public/private according to the status of the workgroup. If a private workgroup is made public, all archives will be deleted and kept offline for historical purposes.