Can organisations join at a later date?

Yes.  The launch event that was held on 14 October 2011 is only the first milestone in membership recruitment.  Organisations will be able to apply at any point in the future and their applications will be assessed as part of the on-going membership verification process.  There will be no restrictions in place as to the overall size of the consortium membership. A sub group of the Board, a Membership Verification Panel, will be convened on a no less than 1/4ly basis from which recommendations on membership approval will be made to the Board.