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Subject: OASIS IRC

     In response to member requests for the functionality, OASIS is running 
an IRC server available at [irc.oasis-open.org] on both ports 6667 
(default) and 6669.

     PURPOSE    This server is available as a convenient, transient 
side-channel for real-time meeting coordination and similar intermittent 
unofficial communications.   It is NOT access-limited, and does NOT 
constitute official records of the TC, nor a channel for contributions of 
work.  Contents of the IRC channels are NOT necessarily spooled or archived 
to the official TC records, during this beta phase.  Any official work of 
the TC must be placed elsewhere:  reflected in e-mail, meeting minutes, 
documents uploaded to the TC's repository or other official channels.

     USAGE     During its initial beta use, we suggest that TCs use a 
single local channel (preface = "&") and a name string identical to their 
TC short name (main e-mail list name).
     Thus, "&fwsi" "&soa-rm", "&wsbpel", "&ws-rx", "&xacml;" etc.
     One can create a channel, if it is not already created, simply by 
joining the channel.  The first person to create the channel will be the 
channel's operator.  We suggest that a TC chair or their designee serve as 

     We welcome your feedback.  Please direct any questions about the 
technical operation of the service to our IT manager, Rob Figenbaum, and 
his staff via our support address, [support@oasis-open.org] copied 
here.   Please direct any questions about proper use of the service to our 
standards development staff at [tc-admin@oasis-open.org].
     Thanks for your help in identifying the functions the consortium 
should support.  You will see some additional announcements here over the 
next week.  Regards  JBC

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