Fw: [BFedoU] Project for the establishment of a (British) national UFO Authority
Firstly, if you or your organisation do not engage in UFO
research or investigation in the UK or Ireland, my apologies. If
you let me know, I will ensure that you are removed from my
I am writing to request you/your group's participation in the
formation of a national UFO authority. Please note that it will
not be my decision what form this takes, though I do have some
ideas of the direction that we should go in.
My reasons for putting forward this suggestion are as follows:
1. No single organisation in the UK or Ireland can justifiably
claim to have adequate total coverage.
2. Standards of investigation, research, and documentation by
groups vary between very good to extremely bad. Anyone can call
themselves an investigator, and can be quite convincing to a
naive witness or media reporter.
3. The public, media, academia and Government lack a single point
of contact for enquiries or reports.
The solution, as I see it, is the establishment of a national UFO
authority. This is not intended to compete with local groups, but
to enhance them. In my view (and this is only an opinion), the
primary functions of such an authority would be as follows:
1. To define and improve standards of investigation, research,
and documentation within local groups over a period of time.
The way in which this could be achieved is by:
a) Establishing a national UFO investigator's training
curriculum. This would be agreed primarily by groups and
organisations which already operate investigator training
courses. There is some debate as to whether a seperate course for
researchers should also be defined.
b) Implementing a national investigator accreditation scheme.
This would involve maintaining a register of trained
investigators, and a black list of any that had lost
accreditation due to inappropriate behaviour (e.g. theft from a
witness). The register would be available to the public via the
internet so that they could ascertain the accreditation status of
any investigator who approaches them. Accreditation would be
required to be renewed (I have in mind at two yearly intervals)
in order to ensure that accredited individuals are still active,
and aware of any recent developments.
c) Design and implementation of standard documentation within
d) Standardisation of group structures. The definition of the
roles and responsibilities of group officers, and the minimum
make-up of group administrative functions, e.g. the appointment
of a training officer and a records officer. These roles could be
combined within smaller groups.
2. To provide a single point of contact for the public, media,
academia, and the Government.
The national authority could appoint individuals with appropriate
skills and/or social connections with the explicit responsibility
of establishing and improving relationships between the UFO
community and the bodies mentioned above.
These are only my views of the way forward, a steering group has
been set up with the intention of debating all aspects of the
suggestion with the aim of developing an agenda for an ufologists
summit meeting at a time to be agreed, and to make steps towards
writing the training curriculum. If you wish to contribute your
views (either in support of, or against) the establishment of
such a body, please take part in the debate on-line at:
Note that registration is required, but this is simple and free!
I would now like to deviate slightly from the matter above, and
point out two items of interest to British ufologists.
1. I administer a mail list for people interested in UK ufology.
We have in the order of 300 members, mainly based in the UK, and
including some well-known authors, investigators, and
researchers. If you are not already a member and are interested,
please register (free) at:
2. Space has been set aside at www.ufology.org.uk for the
inclusion of group and investigator profiles. There are already a
few posted there, but it is missing the majority of people and
groups involved in British ufology. I am also researching and
writing profiles of investigators and groups who are either
deceased or defunct. Contributions of profiles to this project
are most welcome, please send any group/investigator profiles to
me or to Chris Whitlock (webmaster of the site,
admin@...). Again, registration at the site is
required in order to view the profiles because of previous
hacking attempts which have caused disruption. Registration is
The reasons for this interest are:
1. The history of British ufology is relatively undocumented.
2. Witnesses/experiencers may find it useful to know something
about the people or groups that they may be inclined to contact.
It is my intention to make as much information as possible about
UK individuals and groups available at a single site on the
internet. Chris Whitlock (webmaster of www.ufology.org.uk) has
always endeavoured to support British ufology through his site,
and it was a natural choice for an internet-based focal point for
I am conscious that some people to not have internet access, and
I sought out a non-commercial printed media outlet for this group
of people. I have selected EYE magazine, edited by Chris Evers
and Gary Anthony for this purpose, as it is very UK-centric,
contains articles of a generally high quality, and is reasonably
priced. Contact details for EYE magazine are available from me on
request, or you can find them in a review of the magazine at:
Typical Group profile information that may be included:
-Date of formation
-Names of founding members
-Details of group ancestry (e.g. formed by amalgamation of groups
a,b, & c/ splinter from group z)
-Geographical operating area of group
-topics covered by group (UFO only, or UFO/Paranormal, etc)
-names of current office holders
-group mission statement
-any code of practice in use by the group
-approximate membership of group
-summary of regular activities, possibly including a schedule of
future events, meeting venue and times, etc.
-details of any high-profile cases which the group has been
-contact details of the group
Typical individual profile information can include:
-UFO organisation membership and any positions held
-Geographical area of interest
-Paranormal area of interest
-When and why you became interested in ufology
-Any specific aspects of ufology which interest you
-How long you have been an active participant, or if inactive,
reason for leaving the field
-Details of any cases/projects that you have been involved in
-Details of any current projects/cases you are involved with
-Position statement (e.g. pro/anti ETH, agnostic, sceptic) with
rationale for your position if you like.
-Any particular likes/dislikes about the UK ufology scene
-Perhaps details of your favourite UFO author/book
-Maybe your views on the future of British ufology
If anyone has any queries about any of the above, please feel
free to email me.
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