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Subject: Re: [chairs] latest draft of doc mgmt system requirements


The philosophy of OASIS is openness. All technical work must be 
conducted in the open so that it can be inspected and commented upon by 
other members of the TC and OASIS, and by the public. All of our TC list 
archives and documents are publicly visible. While I can understand a 
desire to work privately, this is not what OASIS is about.

I'm a bit disturbed by your statement that some UDDI TC work is taking 
place off list; this is not allowed. Please see 


Luc Clément wrote:
> I support public access at stage 2) and 3) but would very much want to see a
> sandbox not open to the public at stage 1) *if* the authors would like to
> restrict access to a given document; the default of course should be for the
> sandbox to be open to the public. The rationale for allowing closed access
> is to encourage authors to share their views as expressed in documents they
> author with the TC as early as possible; doing so allows the TC to engage
> early on with the authors. Otherwise authors concerned about putting out
> not-ready-for-prime-time documents will be compelled to carry out their work
> over private email which results in the TC missing out on much of the
> thought process and opportunities to influence the work.
> The UDDI Spec TC is currently working out v.Next requirements. Due to
> current Kavi restrictions, private mail is used in collaborative efforts.
> Having a sandbox would help multi-author collaborative efforts; having the
> ability to restrict access to the public to work-in-progress documents would
> allow the TC to comment on documents that authors may not be willing to
> offer to the TC's public mail list but would gladly share with the rest of
> the TC.
> It is my view that allowing for the flexibility of restricting public access
> to specific document will serve community and OASIS interests best.
> Luc Clément
> Secretary, OASIS UDDI Spec TC
> -----Original Message-----
> From: John DeCarlo [mailto:jdecarlo@mitre.org] 
> Sent: Tuesday, March 02, 2004 10:24
> To: karl.best@oasis-open.org
> Cc: Eduardo Gutentag; Chairs OASIS; jeff.lomas@oasis-open.org
> Subject: Re: [chairs] latest draft of doc mgmt system requirements
> Hello,
> I believe that there are really three stages:
> 1) Someone has an idea for a new document, or how to rewrite a current
> document.  Two or three people agree to draft this up and work together on
> it.  Today, in the WSDM TC, this means emailing the document back and forth.
> 2) The document is still rough, but ready for TC review.  It gets posted to
> the OASIS web site and is publicly available.
> 3) The TC/OASIS likes the document and makes it more formal, like a
> Committee Spec, or a Standard, and it gets published formally in various
> formats.
> So, the question is whether there is a requirement to support the work done
> in 1).  People may or may not want the very early work to be public.  Or
> even if it is public, may want to delete superseded documents (which is less
> useful the further you get).  Is this the "sandbox"?  If it is, then the
> requirement might be that only the authors or sub group members have read or
> write access, until it is ready for the TC.
> If the "sandbox" is 2), then those versions should be public, I believe.
> It depends on how you view the "sandbox".
> My basic position is that once it gets to a state where the TC can see it,
> then read access doesn't need to be restricted.
> Karl F. Best wrote:
>>I agree with Eduardo that this would not be an IPR issue. Nothing may 
>>be brought to OASIS that rquires confidentiality.
>>The closed door approach for the first phase was suggested, I believe, 
>>because the work being done in the "sandbox" was very early and raw, 
>>and possibly not something that anyone would want their name attached 
>>to. I can understand that point of view, but I agree with Eduardo that 
>>this is contradictory to the nature of OASIS work which must be done 
>>in the open. I also agree with the concern of work never progressing 
>>to the second pahse; I'd hate to see work never progress and therefore 
>>never be made public.
>>Does anyone have a suggestion for why it might be important to have 
>>the "sandbox" work not be publicly viewable?

Karl F. Best
Vice President, OASIS
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