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Existing SIGs

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FOLIO Special Interest Groups (SIG)


FOLIO Special Interest Groups are the project’s community of subject matter experts (SMEs). SIGs serve as FOLIO’s collective authority on topics included in the scoped area of focus (e.g. metadata, sysops, resource access) with expectations for achieving certain outcomes through dedicated engagement. Guided by priorities set out in the FOLIO Vision, Strategic Objectives & Initiatives and  FOLIO Roadmap, SIGs form consensus on FOLIO functionality through the creation of use cases, documents, reactions to prototypes, and code snippets. They also document existing functionality and contribute to user acceptance testing and bug identification to ensure functionality performs as specified. SIGs serve as a forum for product owners, subject matter experts, developers, and end-users to exchange ideas, develop shared goals for the FOLIO project, and research and develop new interchange standards with widely used software. 


  • Providing a regular forum for discussion, in-depth exploration, and task or project recommendation, refinement, or prioritization for a functional domain area, including modules, apps, and related app dependencies.
  • Assisting Product Owners with defining functional requirements and providing user stories to inform development.
  • Providing regular consultation and collaboration with project leads, functional and technical owners, and other SIGs.
  • Identifying, creating, and updating lists of workflow tasks to drive content forFOLIO documentation as well asindividual apps info tips, and tricks content to benefit the project and community of end-users.
  • Participating in user acceptance testing, quality assurance, regression testing, and troubleshooting issues encountered by implementers.  
  • Actively participating in FOLIO governance structures, project outreach and engagement including community on-boarding, progress reporting, assessment, and initiatives as requested.


  •  SIG participants are subject matter experts who make up the dedicated bulk of the group. SIG meetings are generally open to anyone regardless of their involvement in the project, though all participants are expected to abide by the FOLIO Code of ConductThe more active the participants, the more work in a particular domain can be accomplished. Participants are highly encouraged to:
    • Set up a Confluence account and a Slack account, as detailed in FOLIO Communication Spaces
    • Regularly attend and participate in SIG meetings, activities and discussions. 
    • Complete necessary homework, supplying use cases, or performing other preparation outside of meetings as needed.
    • Participate in user acceptance, bugfest testing, regression testing, documentation writing, and other activities as needed.
    • Serve as an institutional representative SME by providing input on the ranking of features, supplying feedback on development, and reporting bugs
    • Leading or serving on ad hoc subgroups or taking on time-limited roles, as needs arise
  • SIG convener is a person(s) selected by the group participants to facilitate, and to some extent moderate, the group’s discussions and activities. SIGs can have a single convener or up to three co-conveners.  Conveners have the following responsibilities, which can also be delegated to others as appropriate:
    • Coordinate meeting agendas and ensure that minutes are posted to the SIG's wiki space.
    • Help guide discussion at meetings and determine at what point rough consensus has been reached and therefore the discussion should move on to another topic
    • Communicate SIG activities to the Product Council to promote inter-SIG communication and coordination
    • Onboard new participants as needed
  • Product Owner(s) is the person or people who work with the SIG subject matter experts to understand requirements in the SIG's particular area, translate them into user stories for FOLIO development for their product team, and manages the feature backlog, following the FOLIO Product Owner guidelines as detailed on the Product Owners page. A SIG may work with one or more Product Owner and a Product Owner may work with one or more SIGs. SIGs that lack a specific functional area (e.g., Implementation or App Interaction/Cross App) may not regularly work with a Product Owner.
  • SIG liaison/rep: someone who volunteers or is designated by the convener(s) to represent the SIG in a separate group and responsible for communicating, advocating, and coordinating specific activities or areas of work as assigned to achieve good utilization of resources (e.g. Documentation Working Group).
  • Note taker is the person responsible for taking rough, but organized meeting minutes that capture significant updates, agenda discussion, decisions, and links to related documents, action items or follow-ups. Meeting notes provide an important record of decisions made and actions taken by the SIG. Decisions made by the SIG should be documented in such a way that they can be found and referred to. This can be a dedicated role or done by rotation. 
  • Product Council Liaison is the person, generally a Product Council member, who serves as the contact person for the SIG for questions and issues. The PC Liaison should do the following:
    • Ensure there is information transfer from PC to SIG to make sure the group is up-to-date
    • Help make connections between SIG or development as needed
    • Help SIG understand how development falls in line with Roadmap and larger product development
    • Provide periodic "health checks" with SIG, check on status, developer resources, etc.
    • Review monthly SIG reports for issues
    • Be part of relevant Slack channels, attends SIG meetings or follows minutes and recordings

Although SIG meetings are generally organized by a SIG convener(s) in regular consultation with product owners and on rare occasions developers in the particular area of expertise, all participants of the SIG are encouraged to be active contributors. Decisions are made by lazy consensus (see Product Council charge for a fuller definition), and will be recorded within meeting notes. Meetings are generally recorded as well, and SIG participants can review materials in case of missed meetings. While time contributions may vary depending on the activities of the SIG, active participants can anticipate a contribution of around 2 hours a week on SIG-related work.