The Constitution of the Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology – UK Chapter
1. The full title of the organisation is “Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology – UK”. This may be abbreviated to “CAA-UK”. CAA-UK is constituted as a chapter of the International Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology organisation, abbreviated “CAA”.
2. The aims of CAA-UK are:
a) to bring together archaeologists, mathematicians, computer scientists and members of other disciplines to complement and extend the interests of the international CAA;
b) to encourage communication between these disciplines;
c) to stimulate discussion and future progress in the application of information technology to archaeological research and practice.
3. Membership of CAA-UK shall be subject to a fee paid as part of the annual conference fee or separately directly to the treasurer. Membership lasts from when the fee is paid until the day before the start of the subsequent CAA-UK conference. Membership of CAA-UK does not include a free membership of the international CAA. Members who wish to attend the annual conference of the international CAA must become members of that organisation in accordance with the international CAA constitution.
Members are entitled to the following:
a) keeping their name and address on the mailing list held by the convenors of CAA-UK,
b) receiving a copy of all electronic mailings circulated to the membership of CAA-UK,
c) voting at the general meetings of CAA-UK either by proxy or in person.
4. i) CAA-UK shall be administered by three convenors – the Chair of CAA-UK, Secretary of CAA-UK and Treasurer of CAA-UK
ii) The convenors will be elected annually at the CAA-UK annual meeting. They will each stand for a maximum term of three consecutive years.
iii) One of the convenors of CAA-UK will be designated, by the convenors, as the representative of the national chapter to CAA international (ex-officio member of the steering committee of the international CAA).
iv) Convenors may resign by sending notice to the remaining convenors or to all members of CAA-UK through the current mailing list.
5. The task of the convenors is two-fold:
i) To ensure, to the best of their ability, that an annual national conference does take place.
ii) To arrange the digital publication of selected papers given at these conferences.
6. The convenors shall meet at least once a year, normally during the annual conference.
7 . i) Notice of a General Meeting, together with the formal proposals for discussion and, in particular, any changes to the Constitution, must be posted at the CAA-UK website at least 21 days before the date of the meeting and emailed to all members with email addresses held on the membership role at that date.
ii) Normally the Annual General Meeting (AGM) shall be held at the annual conference. Attendance at the AGM shall be open to all CAA-UK members, whether or not they are attending the conference.
iii) The election of convenors shall take place at the AGM. All nominations must be submitted to the convenors prior to the election and the willingness of the candidate to stand must be demonstrated.
iv) If it is not possible to hold the AGM during the annual conference, then the convenors shall call an AGM as quickly as is compatible with the required period of notice to members.
8. No member of CAA-UK shall purport to act or make representation on behalf of the organisation without the prior agreement of the convenors.
9. Any changes to this constitution must be approved by a 67% majority of votes cast at an AGM. Such changes shall not take effect until they have been announced at the AGM.
Voted in by the CAA-UK membership on the 30th March 2012, University of Southampton, UK. Ratified by CAA International, Perth 2013.