(Policies & Procedures), a Standing Study Group (SSG) may be established to represent a specific community or national group, to mature a potential standard, or potentially to provide support to open-source software. SSGs may have an indefinite life span.
Study Groups are established to consider specific issues and to provide recommendations concerning proposed courses of action. The SISO Study Group mechanism is intended to provide a wide range of flexibility. As examples, the study groups may be formed to define key terminology, recommend modifications to SISO processes, or generate a plan for (or an initial prototype of) a proposed SISO product.
Each Study Group shall operate under specific Terms of Reference that identify the issues they are being asked to consider and the specific questions they are being asked to address. These Terms of Reference will designate the leadership of the Study Group, the form of the outputs expected, and the time schedule for the generation of these outputs. Appendix B is a template for a Terms of Reference.
Normally, the life span of a Study Group will not exceed one or two workshop cycles. Depending on the time phasing of the Group's formation, a Study Group will ordinarily conduct an organizational session at one workshop and outbrief at the next workshop.
For more information, see Operations.