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  1. Any community member may propose a new SIG considering the following parameters:
    1. The proposed SIG should be sufficiently differentiated from all other SIGs. If a proposed SIG is similar to an existing SIG, we encourage the proposer to reach out to the existing SIG and determine whether or not there is enough overlap in the mission and scope that the proposed SIG could make sense as a part of an existing SIG.
    2. If the proposer(s) determines that the proposed SIG is differentiated enough they will need to provide a justification in the proposal for why it should be a new SIG and not part of an existing one.
    3. If a proposed SIG plans to be more technical in nature than what normally falls under the scope of a SIG, Hyperledger staff may propose they instead follow the WG process and connect the proposer(s) to the Hyperledger Community Architects for support in that process.
  2. In order to initiate a new SIG proposal, a community member will need to:
    1. Reach out to Hyperledger Ecosystem team (membership@hyperledger.org) to let us know your interest in starting a group. 
    2. Visit the SIG Proposals page to review previous proposals and the Proposal Template that can be copied to create a new SIG proposal. Typically the community member proposing the group lays out an initial high-level mission and goals for the group and invites others to join the group. In order to be approved officially by a Hyperledger staff, a group must have at least 15 interested parties and meet the criteria in #1 above. The Hyperledger Ecosystem team can also assist in bringing on new interested parties. 
    3. After initial discussion with Hyperledger Ecosystem team, the proposal will be added to: “Proposals in Process” until final approval or rejection as a SIG. The proposal can continue to be worked on while the proposer is working to reach the minimum of 15 interested parties. Hyperledger staff can help with finding interested parties by reaching out to community members or contacts that have indicated an interest in the topic or are involved in similar activities.
    4. During the approval process the initial SIG community proposers/members should identify the overall goals of the group in order to attract interested parties, and then once the group is officially approved, the group should work to layout the remaining elements of the charter using the SIG Charter Template (i.e. work products, meeting time and cadence, etc.).

Note: Keep in mind that your initial idea will evolve as new people join your group and add their own thoughts and ideas about what the group should focus on. It is a sign of a healthy community effort when multiple people are able to collaborate together and share ideas, thoughts and suggestions in a collaborative way. Revising and updating your initial idea based on group input will be one of the first tasks when the group official launches.

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