Legal entity

The ARROW Association

The ARROW system is run by the ARROW Association, established in 2013 as a not-for-profit organisation under Italian legislation, with its headquarters in Italy.

Membership categories

The ARROW Association offers membership based on the following three categories of membership:

a. Charter members, which is open to Work Package (WP) leaders in the ARROW and ARROW Plus projects and to European organisations representing stakeholders involved in developing the ARROW system
b. Ordinary members, which is offered to all contracting partners and external supporters of the two ARROW projects, national stakeholder associations, national libraries and other libraries with relevant digitisation plans, Collective Management Organisations (CMO), and data source entities
c. Invited members. This refers to individual European and non-European bodies – companies, institutions, associations - or not-for-profit organisations that have a stake in the ARROW System


The highest decision making body in ARROW is the General Assembly, made up of all members.

The General Assembly elects the Board of Directors, which is the main governance body between General Assemblies. Each charter member is entitled to a seat on the Board of Directors. In addition, the categories authors, publishers, CMOs, libraries and data sources can each elect one Board member

The daily supervising of the ARROW operation, with decision making power, is executed by an Executive Committee, made up of three officers: President, Vice President, and Treasurer. One of the officers shall be an ordinary member.

Next steps

1. All partners are invited to join the association
2. The first assembly of ARROW is scheduled to take place in the first half of 2014
3. The Assembly will elect the Board and the Officers

Until elections have taken place the functions as President and Treasurer will be performed by a representative from each of the ARROW and ARROW Plus contracting partners AIE and CINECA.


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ARROW System developments to be discussed at the 17th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries
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