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Subject: Fwd: [dita-busdocs] FW: [dita-help] Upcoming Meeting

I'm copying this reply to Bruce since it appears that DITA Help subcommittee may be operating under some misconceptions. I don't know whether that's actually the case, but if it is we'll need to sort this out.



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From: Mary McRae <mary.mcrae@oasis-open.org>
Date: March 30, 2010 6:13:42 PM EDT
To: Bruce Nevin (bnevin) <bnevin@cisco.com>
Bcc: Mary McRae <mary.mcrae@oasis-open.org>
Subject: Re: [dita-busdocs] FW: [dita-help] Upcoming Meeting

Hi Bruce,

Sorry, but that doesn't work.

 For any committee there is a unique membership associated with that committee, IPR obligations incurred, and a full record of meetings, conversations and work products to be maintained. That work can't be shared across two committees; it's either one or the other. The Adoption TC could also create a busdocs subcommittee but it would report to the Adoption TC rather than the DITA TC. Liaisons are established at the committee level.

 The difficulty arises when a subcommittee tries to take on the characteristics of a committee. A subcommittee is really nothing more than a working sub-group of the main committee that is typically focused on a particular subset of the work of that committee. All members of a subcommittee must be members of the committee, and all approvals happen at the committee level.



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On Mar 29, 2010, at 6:35 PM, Bruce Nevin (bnevin) wrote:

I mentioned the idea (a discovery of the Help SC) that we should clone
ourselves as a SC of the Adoption TC.

I got some clarification of this in the Help SC meeting today. We would
be a subcommittee of the TC and of the Adoption Committee
simultaneously. One membership, one meeting, reporting to two
committees. The reporting is by cross membership and by e.g. Ann or
Michael visiting to make a presentation.

If you agree, I can tell JoAnn et al. that, following the example of the
Help SC, we henceforth want to be a SC of the Adoption TC. (We're
already a SC of the TC.)


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