The STAR organization is operated by representatives from our member organizations who vote on all major issues. Issues that do not require a member-wide vote are decided by the STAR Steering Committee, whose members are elected from within the general member organization.
STAR Release Process
Historically, STAR released a new version of the XML standard on an annual basis, around the time of the STAR General Session. STAR has been accelerating the development of new standards and is working hard to begin releasing them throughout the year in the future. Any new content and modifications to existing standards will continue to be decided on by representatives of STAR's member organizations. Additionally, every one of STAR's standards must be voted on by its members before being released to the general public.
STAR Voting Process
STAR's Working Group finishes the Standard. The Standard is immediately circulated to ALL Members for consideration, commentary, and review for 30 days. STAR's Board of Directors then votes on approving the Standard at its next regular meeting. The date of the next meeting will be included in the review copy of the Standard circulated to the full STAR membership. Also included in the review copy of the Standard will be the due date by which all members will be required to provide any feedback for that specific Standard.