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Subject: RE: [chairs] RE: [members] OASIS member review of proposed revision ofTC Process

The new ability for a TC member to be active only in an SC fits very well with the PLCS TC mode of operation.  We were already choosing to invite organisations to consider which of their members needed to be registered as a voting member, in order to avoid the need for SC experts to participate in all meetings/telecons.

The constraint on hosting all information on OASIS servers would appear to preclude the use of our publicly-available sourceforge open-source publication process, used to deliver completed documents to the OASIS server by running XSLT scripts against XML source content.  This will only be acceptable when an equivalent sourceforge environment can be hosted on OASIS.

Similarly, the requirement that all specifications be available also in PDF is not practical for complex hyperlinked documents, such as PLCS data exchange sets.  ISO already permits publication in HTML form only, and we do not see why OASIS should be more restrictive for documents that will only be accessed in HTML form.

Howard Mason

-----Original Message-----
From: Eduardo Gutentag [mailto:Eduardo.Gutentag@Sun.COM]
Sent: 13 October 2004 01:54
To: Newcomer, Eric
Cc: Philpott, Robert; karl.best@oasis-open.org;
chairs@lists.oasis-open.org; security-services@lists.oasis-open.org
Subject: Re: [chairs] RE: [members] OASIS member review of proposed
revision of TC Process

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A TC member can request to become a voting member, in which case, and in
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are not met the member reverts to general non-voting status, without leaving
the TC).

All TC members will be subject to the IPR Policy as it applies to the
TC's mode.

Any OASIS member can become a TC Observer. Such Observer will have
only read privileges, and no obligations under the IPR Policy as it
applies to the TC's mode.

Because becoming a TC member now has clear IPR implications and obligations,
it would be a bad idea to convert people automatically from observers to
members. This must be done in a proactive manner, and with the approval, in
the case of organizational members, of the organization's representative.
(In that sense [and in that sense only] this is similar to accepted policy
in other organizations, e.g. W3C)

We really need an FAQ. I thought there was one already out for review,
but obviously I was wrong...

On 10/12/2004 04:56 PM, Newcomer, Eric wrote:
> Eduardo,
> Do you mean that the new process doesn't change the ability of anyone to join a TC and participate as a non-voting member?  So the proposed change is simply a renaming of the type of member, not the elimination of a membership category?
> Thanks,
> Eric
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Eduardo Gutentag [mailto:Eduardo.Gutentag@Sun.COM]
> Sent: Tuesday, October 12, 2004 7:26 PM
> To: Philpott, Robert
> Cc: karl.best@oasis-open.org; chairs@lists.oasis-open.org;
> security-services@lists.oasis-open.org
> Subject: Re: [chairs] RE: [members] OASIS member review of proposed
> revision of TC Process
> But Rob, if you read the new process carefully, you will discover that
> you can be a TC member without being a voting member (that is, you can
> be a non-voting TC member without having to meet attendance criteria),
> thus being able to contribute to your heart's content as current Observers
> do.
> On 10/12/2004 03:25 PM, Philpott, Robert wrote:
>>I would like to express serious concerns with the proposed change to the
>>TC process that means that TC observers would no longer be able to post
>>to the TC's mailing list.
>>From the current process: "An Observer may participate in TC discussions
>>and post email messages to the TC list, but may not vote and does not
>>need to maintain attendance."
>>From the proposed process: "Observer" (or "TC Observer") is an Eligible
>>Person who is subscribed to the TC email list, and may attend TC
>>meetings, but is not allowed to participate in TC email list
>>discussions, participate or speak in TC meetings, or make Contributions
>>to the TC. The process for becoming an Observer is defined in the
>>section "TC Membership and Participation".
>>I STRONGLY disagree with making this change.  The SSTC has over 260
>>members, of which 40-50 are active voting members.  However, our TC
>>regularly receives valuable input on email discussion topics from
>>members that don't have currently active voting status.  These postings
>>are from folks such as those in other TC's that monitor our list because
>>those TC's have some dependency on ours. Requiring folks to find some
>>other mechanism to provide their input simply throws up barriers in
>>front of them and will in all likelihood result in us not receiving that
>>input at all.
>>The input from these members is very important to us.  I believe this to
>>be a bad change of policy that goes against the open, free exchange of
>>ideas that we rely on.
>>Rob Philpott
>>Senior Consulting Engineer
>>RSA Security Inc.
>>Tel: 781-515-7115
>>Mobile: 617-510-0893
>>Fax: 781-515-7020
>>>-----Original Message-----
>>>From: Karl F. Best [mailto:karl.best@oasis-open.org]
>>>Sent: Monday, October 11, 2004 10:10 AM
>>>To: members
>>>Subject: [members] OASIS member review of proposed revision of TC
>>>OASIS members:
>>>You're aware that the OASIS Board of Directors has been working on a
>>>revision of the OASIS IPR Policy, and you have had an opportunity to
>>>give feedback on that proposed revision.
>>>The Board has also been working on a revision of the OASIS TC Process,
>>>the document that governs the creation and operation of TCs at OASIS,
>>>and the advancement and approval of the work they do. This revision
>>>includes changes suggested by TC chairs, the Technical Advisory Board
>>>(TAB), and other members. It also includes changes required to support
>>>the new IPR Policy; because these two documents rely on each other
>>>must be revised, approved, and become effective at the same time.
>>>The Board has approved an OASIS member review of the revised Process;
>>>this review will start today and go until 10 November. A draft of the
>>>revised TC Process document approved for member review by the Board is
>>>found at
>>>A document summarizing the changes from the current Process is at
>>>Please send your comments in regards to these proposed changes to
>>>tcproc-member-review@lists.oasis-open.org by 10 November, so that the
>>>Board can consider your comments, make changes to this draft, and have
>>>the Process document ready to be effective at the same time as the new
>>>IPR Policy.
>>>Karl F. Best
>>>Vice President, OASIS
>>>office  +1 978.667.5115 x206     mobile +1 978.761.1648
>>>karl.best@oasis-open.org      http://www.oasis-open.org
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Eduardo Gutentag               |         e-mail: eduardo.gutentag@Sun.COM
Web Technologies and Standards |         Phone:  +1 510 550 4616 (internal x31442)
Sun Microsystems Inc.          |         W3C AC Rep / W3C AB / OASIS BoD

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