Whole Earth Blazar Telescope (WEBT)


(December 2000)


Article 1 - Name

The name of this organization is Whole Earth Blazar Telescope, hereafter referred to as WEBT.


Article 2 - Purpose

The purpose of the WEBT is the organization of optical photometric observations of the celestial bodies called Blazars during optical and multiwavelength campaigns involving observatories located at different longitudes all around the world, in order to obtain a continuous monitoring of the target source and, as final result, a high-temporal-density, high-precision, uninterrupted optical light curve during all the campaign period.

The WEBT will function as a non-profit worldwide scientific organization, and the results obtained will be published and shared with the international scientific community.


Article 3 - Membership

Membership in the WEBT will be open to any observatory which wishes to join and support the purpose of the WEBT by participating in its campaigns. Membership is automatically obtained by this participation with scientifically useful observations.

Voting members are the charter members and other members who have advanced the purpose of the WEBT by virtue of their outstanding contributions and have asked for and received voting membership by a two thirds majority of the voting membership.

Voting membership may be revoked by a two thirds majority of the voting membership. Revocation may be based upon inactivity or actions deemed to be harmful to the WEBT and its stated purposes.


Article 4 - Web Site

The main site for information about WEBT activity will be a dedicated web site.

It will be updated by the Webmaster, under President and officers supervision.

The web site will contain all needed information on previous, current, and planned WEBT campaigns, the membership and leadership lists, instructions for observations and data reduction, useful links to other web sites.


Article 5 - Officers

The WEBT will have the following officers:

        - President
        - Vice President
        - Webmaster
        - Executive Officer for publication
        - Executive Officer for data archiving
        - Executive Officer for photometry algorithms

Officer slates will be proposed and elected electronically (via e-mail).

They will be elected from the voting membership by a simple majority of the voting members replying to the electronic election within a week.

The elected slate will lead the WEBT for a three year term.

The first election will be held in December 2000.

An officer or an officer slate may be removed provided the following conditions are met:

1. A written proposal for removal from at least 50% of the voting membership shall be provided to all officers and voting members by e-mail.
2. The proposal shall be voted electronically by the voting membership after time (no more than one month) has been provided for each side to present their case and for the voting membership to discuss the proposal.
3. An officer or an officer slate may be removed by a two thirds majority of the voting membership replying to the electronic voting within a week.

A removed officer may not hold office in the WEBT for three years following removal.


Article 6 - Duties of Officers

The duties of the President include: scrutiny of the campaign proposals; official endorsement of the campaigns and appointment of the campaign managers after consultation with the other officers; appointment of committees; supervision of the web site; posting of WEBT notices and campaign announcements; and in general providing the leadership necessary for the WEBT to fulfill its stated purposes.

The duties of the Vice President include: assisting, when asked, the President in carrying out his/her duties; assuming the duties of the President during his/her absence.

The duties of the Webmaster include: keeping the web site, membership lists, e-mailing lists, and WEBT map up-to-date.

The duties of the Executive Officer for publication include: consultation with the campaign managers about publication of the campaign results.

The duties of the Executive Officer for data archiving include: archiving of the WEBT data after publication.

The duties of the Executive Officer for photometry algorithms include: advice and standardization of data reduction and analysis procedures.


Article 7 - Campaigns

WEBT campaigns may be proposed to the President by anyone. After examination of the proposal and consultation with the other officers, the President may officially endorse the campaign to be a WEBT campaign.

The President will appoint a Campaign Manager to organize and lead the campaign.

The duties of the Campaign Manager include: recruitment of the observers for that campaign, possibly also outside the membership; creation of a web page dedicated to the campaign containing all useful information and instructions for the observers, the observing strategy, and the list of participants; scheduling of the observations accordingly to the aim of the campaign; keeping close correspondence with all the participating observers and possible multiwavelength observers; keeping participants informed on the state of the campaign and, possibly, on the behaviour of the target source from preliminary data reduction; data collection and analysis; and plotting the final light curves.

The duties of the participating observers include: informing the Campaign Manager on the instrumentation used and on the state of their observations during the campaign; providing the Campaign Manager with their reduced data or pre-reduced frames, accordingly to the requests, within the fixed deadline.

The results of the campaign may be published in a dedicated paper after consultation and agreement with the Executive Officer for publication. The Campaign Manager may lead the paper, provided that the paper is submitted to the journal within one year after the end of the campaign; otherwise any decision on the publication of the results will be committed to the care of the Executive Officer for publication and the President.

All participants contributing useful data will be invited to be co-authors in the publication.


Article 8 - Committees

The President may appoint committees to work on special projects related to the functioning of the WEBT and its stated purposes. Each committee shall work on a single task, defined by the President, and is automatically disbanded when the task is complete.


Article 9 - Amendments

The Constitution of the WEBT may be amended at any time provided the request for amendment is approved by a two thirds majority of the voting members. An amendment must receive a two thirds majority of the voting members to become effective. Any newly approved amendment shall be immediately added to the Constitution and distributed to the voting membership within a week.