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Subject: Re: [cgmopen-ms] Dissolution of CGM Open Member Section

A special thanks and recognition is due Dieter specifically, but also Lofton and others who have served the Steering Committee for nearly 15 years.  Much has changed since 1999 but the leadership team's commitment to their goals remained unwavering the whole time.  Dieter was instrumental in forming the original relationship with OASIS and he returned from retirement to take the helm during this most recent transition.

OASIS is very proud of our relationship for these years and were pleased that we could develop a financial model that allowed the use of a portion of the dues paid to OASIS by CGM members to pay the Program Director for his important service to the OASIS CGM community.  I believe this dedicated resource (and Lofton's personal commitment to the task) made possible much of the progress the group made up to and through the final OASIS Standard in March 2010.

Dieter is correct in reporting that the CGM community in OASIS has much to be proud of.  While most standards communities evolve quickly over time as companies change, merge and change technical direction, the CGM community in OASIS was remarkably stable right through the final standard approval. You should be commended for your successfully working in parallel with the W3C community to create our first parallel-branded spec--no small feat.   More importantly, this was not standards-for-standards-sake work, the webCGM Standard meets real industry needs and is now ubiquitously used in the aerospace and defense industries.  For these reasons we are most proud of the members of CGM Open and their hard work.

While the Member Section is closing, your legacy remains strong.  

Best wishes in the next phase of CGM,


On Fri, Feb 21, 2014 at 3:32 AM, Dieter Weidenbrück <dieter@dwz8.de> wrote:

Dear Members and friends of the CGM Open Member Section,


Today the Steering Committee has resolved to dissolve the OASIS CGM Open Member Section at earliest convenience. [1]


This marks the end of 15 years of CGM work inside OASIS, enriched by a close cooperation with the corresponding W3C WebCGM Working Group.

The work on WebCGM has certainly changed a lot of things for the CGM-using industry to the better, and it should also be one of the most convincing success stories inside OASIS.


It turned out some time ago that OASIS and CGM Open didn’t share the same vision anymore, which led to the separation. To provide a safe harbor for CGM, we went back to the pre-OASIS model and started a Texas non-profit organization called CGM Open Foundation. All intellectual property rights have been transferred to this new entity.

With regrets we have to accept that OASIS has refused to also transfer the funds earmarked for CGM usage to the new foundation. This is why we are asking members interested in CGM to join the Foundation soon to help us build up the CGM community there.


You can find us at www.cgmopen.org.


All that is left to do here is to thank all the people who have been involved in the work inside or around the Member Section for their contribution. WebCGM has always been a joint effort of many, and this is how we want to continue it.


Best regards,

Dieter Weidenbrueck

Chair, OASIS CGM Open Member Section


[1] https://www.oasis-open.org/committees/document.php?document_id=52278&wg_abbrev=cgmopen-sc



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