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Subject: How to select and cite public-access URIs versus password-protected URI references

Chairs, Editors, TC Members:

This message provides a reminder about the importance of citing
public-access URIs for TC resources, and a simple recipe for
selecting the correct URI references from the TC's online indexes.

A revision to the Naming Directives document [1] will pressent
the recipe information in a clearer way, but meantime, this
separate reminder may be useful.

In support of the OASIS TC Process rules for public visibility
of all TC resources, TC Members must be careful to select an
appropriate form of a URI reference to ensure that a resource
is indeed publicly accessible from that URI reference.  The
member-only (private, password-protected) URI references created
by OASIS [Kavi] tools must not be cited in TC mailing list
messages, Wikis, JIRA tickets, specifications, or in any TC
"documents" that are or may may become public. Such password-protected
URIs frustrate, irritate, and bewilder users who expect OASIS
resources to be publicly available for viewing, but "discover"
(from a cited private URI reference) that the resources are
inaccessible.  They may embarrass OASIS from the POV of users
who conclude that the consortium is not transparent/open.

How?  While it is possible to manually edit/transform the bad
(private) URIs to create public-access URIs, the simplest way
for TC members to select the public-access URIs is to just
select/copy+paste the URI references from the public-access
indexes as presented on the TC public home page, "Related links"

For example, in the case of the DSS-X TC, here are the
index URIs; just use the "Related links" index information
for your TC or substitute yout TC's shortName for "dss-x"

1) DSS-X TC public home page
   Use: http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/dss-x/
   See there: "Related links" index URIs

2) DSS-X TC documents
   Use the index here: https://www.oasis-open.org/committees/documents.php?wg_abbrev=dss-x
   E.g., https://www.oasis-open.org/committees/download.php/47439/localsig-v1.0-wd01-8Nov2012.pdf

3) DSS-X TC archived email messages
   Use the index here: https://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/dss-x/
   E.g., https://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/dss-x/201211/msg00026.html

4) DSS-X TC ballots
   Use the index here: https://www.oasis-open.org/committees/ballots.php?wg_abbrev=dss-x
   E.g., https://www.oasis-open.org/committees/ballot.php?id=1965

5) DSS-X TC calender entries
   Use the index here: https://www.oasis-open.org/committees/calendar.php?wg_abbrev=dss-x
   E.g., https://www.oasis-open.org/committees/event.php?event_id=33788


[1] Publicly Accessible URIs

[2] recent discussion on public-access URI references

Robin Cover
OASIS, Director of Information Services
Editor, Cover Pages and XML Daily Newslink
Email: robin@oasis-open.org
Staff bio: http://www.oasis-open.org/who/staff.php#cover
Cover Pages: http://xml.coverpages.org/
Newsletter: http://xml.coverpages.org/newsletterArchive.html
Tel: +1 972-296-1783

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