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Subject: RE: [chairs] OASIS Organizational Voting is Somewhat Absurd?

First, I agree the process is flawed. It is going to get exponentially worse as OASIS grows (# new TCs times the # new organizations).


Let me make a suggestion that is similar to Rob’s.


1)       OASIS would establish a set of domains.

2)       Each OASIS member organization would elect to participate in N number of domains.

3)       Each TC could chose to submit specs to a specific domain or OASIS at large. If a TC submits the spec for “domain approval”, the vote threshold should be higher since it is a more focus group.


If you want a good first cut at the list of domains, go to the OASIS home page and look at the “Committees by Category” box.


Some specs really should be approved by OASIS at large because they are very general. For example if there is a new version of UDDI, I would see that as being an OASIS wide vote. The vast majority of specs, however, should be voted on by a subset of organizations.



Jeff Bohren



-----Original Message-----
From: Duane Nickull [mailto:dnickull@adobe.com]
Thursday, September 29, 2005 12:53 PM
To: Wachob, Gabe; chairs@lists.oasis-open.org
Subject: RE: [chairs] OASIS Organizational Voting is Somewhat Absurd?


Does anyone else feel this way?


I agree that it may be suboptimal.  Do you have any concrete plans or suggestions for our perusal?  While voting to approve something you haven’t read is a relatively hollow gesture, it has to be balanced against the other end of the spectrum whereby a group of three members could get together, have a FUDfest and create some meaningless specification and get it approved as an OASIS standard.  This lack of scrutiny by all of us weakens the perception and credibility of OASIS as a credible standards development organization.


I would be interested in hearing concrete proposals and am open to considering a new model if others are keen too.



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