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Subject: RE: [chairs] Who needs OASIS any more?



You may have missed our Open Government webinar recently?  We discussed this very issue, amongst other aspects of Open Gov, and I suggested that dumping large amounts of data on the Net was not the best way of achieving the intended goals.  It leaves things open to mis-interpretation and mis-use plus will make it increasingly hard for Joe Public to find what they want.  We are considering the way forward after our webinar but one thought is that there is scope for a TC to set some rules for profiling Gov’t data.  Most Gov’t data will be in some shape or form defined in legislation and therefore should not be open to interpretation, so capturing and publishing those definitions alongside the data would make the whole process much more effective. 


As an adjunct to this Peter and I have been talking for a while about the need for a TC to take forward the CEN eGov Share protocol which is much about the same space.  


Usual problem in all this is getting enough buy-in to scope and set-up a TC.  Maybe we should post something on the TC Discussion List to see what the interest is?




From: David RR Webber (XML) [mailto:david@drrw.info]
Sent: 23 June 2010 15:45
To: chairs@lists.oasis-open.org
Subject: [chairs] Who needs OASIS any more?


Thought I'd throw this rant out there - given recent developments and initiatives around us.


My excuse is it's summer time, its hot, and we're all cranky.



But having said all this - perhaps we are well positioned to do all this in any case?


And our excellent track record hopefully gives us basis for encouragement and confidence for the community around us who are our ultimate customers.


Of course - as an organization - setting a road map and then working towards that overall is something the board coordinates - so I thought it worthwhile to know what my fellow chairs are seeing two or three years out from now?


Thanks, DW

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