Liaison Working Group FAQ


The Industrial Internet Consortium Liaison Working Group:
  • Facilitates external interactions with the goal of building relationships for the Industrial Internet Consortium
  • Coordinates internal stakeholder requests and interests with external organizations
The Industrial Internet Consortium uses the term "liaison" to refer to coordination of activities and efforts with organizations, through a number of mechanisms ranging from informal to formal agreements. Note that the Industrial Internet Consortium is one party in a liaison relationship: The term "liaison partner" refers to the other organization in the relationship.
Broadly speaking, the Liaison Working Group has 3 areas of responsibility:
  • Operational
  • Strategic
  • Coordination
Operational responsibilities include:
  • Acting as the central point within the Industrial Internet Consortium for communicating with partner organizations.
  • Evaluating benefits to the Industrial Internet Consortium of proposed liaisons.
  • Identifying internal stakeholder groups within the Industrial Internet Consortium that would benefit for a proposed liaison.
  • Drafting liaison agreements with candidate partner organizations
    • Making recommendations for approval to the Industrial Internet Consortium Steering Committee on proposed liaison agreements.
    • Directing both internal and external communications regarding the focus of the liaison.
Strategic responsibilities include:
  • Building and coordinating coalitions between governments, standards bodies and open source organizations.
  • Identifying gaps in the portfolio of Industrial Internet Consortium relationships and making strategic recommendations to the Industrial Internet Consortium Steering Committee to help grow the ecosystem.
Coordination responsibilities include:
  • Coordinating and working with internal stakeholder groups.
  • Coordinating with the Industrial Internet Consortium Marketing team on press coverage related to liaison agreements.
  • Coordinating with the Industrial Internet Consortium Steering Committee Legal Sub-Committee and Industrial Internet Consortium legal counsel for review of agreements when needed.
Liaisons are not meant to substitute for the Industrial Internet Consortium membership. The liaison process is meant to improve coordination with similar organizations. If an organization wishes to participate broadly in Industrial Internet Consortium work, that organization should become a member of the Industrial Internet Consortium.
The primary deliverables of the Liaison Working Group are liaison agreements. The agreements developed by the Liaison Working Group may:
  • Enable the Industrial Internet Consortium and its liaison partner to pursue related and mutually beneficial goals (e.g., exchange of information, definitions, testbeds, use cases, demonstration projects, technical specifications, standards and harmonize architectures).
  • Identify collaboration areas
  • Document the commitments from both organizations.
The Liaison Working Group was created due to the importance of the liaison work for the Industrial Internet Consortium, the desire to develop coalitions in the ecosystem and to help execute on the relevant, identified priorities and mission of the Industrial Internet Consortium.
The strategic responsibilities of the Liaison Working Group both encompass and support the I3C initiative. Put differently, the Liaison Working Group's strategic charter includes the development of coalitions in the ecosystem which is well aligned with the stated objectives of the I3C initiative. For more on the I3C initiative, click here.