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Subject: RE: [emergency] Emergency Interoperability Member Section

Elysa, all, my 2 replies in line.




Scott McGrath

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From: Elysa Jones [mailto:ejones@warningsystems.com]
Sent: Monday, November 27, 2006 8:10 PM
To: Tom Merkle; emergency@lists.oasis-open.org
Cc: Scott Mcgrath; Harlin R. McEwen; wernerc@charlottesville.org; wanda@tc911.org; Marilyn Ward; stilev@apco911.org
Subject: RE: [emergency] Emergency Interoperability Member Section


Thanks Tom for the input and for copying those additional public safety representatives that might be interested in this pursuit. Scott, can you help us with a cross-walk of these memberships with OASIS membership?  I was thinking that the steering committee had to have an OASIS affiliation.


[Scott said:]

All participants in OASIS – Steering Committees, member section members, and unaffiliated members have to be OASIS members.  This can be via their employment with a member company, by holding an  Individual membership or by being one of the appointed representatives of an association that does have suitable employees. (often association/consortium employees – like me—do not have the technical skills, are only business or collaboration facilitators)


  Also, I saw on the list where a member section was soliciting from all OASIS members participants for their steering committee.  Maybe you could also enlighten us on why that would be.


[Scott said:]

That member section is seeking additional participation, and are open to new ideas.  They are welcoming other OASIS members who may be willing to join the steering committee, even if that means the Steering Committee then changes their course somewhat—especially if that new course leads to greater adoption of their work..    For you, it should be good to know there is that flexibility to evolve over time.   I am personally against a set of rules that require you to “stay the course”  if only that you cannot know now every factor in the marketplace 2 years from now.


  Thanks, Elysa

At 06:39 PM 11/27/2006, Tom Merkle wrote:

I strongly urge the TC to reach out to the major public safety groups such as the International Assoc of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), International Assoc of Chiefs of Police (IACP), Assoc. of Public Safety Communications Officials - International (APCO), and the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC).
These associations have the expertise in their respective fields and all participate on the international level.
Let's not lose focus that we are developing protocols for an international (as well as national, regional, state, and local levels). I respectfully suggest we coordinate our efforts with the groups I mentioned.
Tom Merkle
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From: Elysa Jones [ mailto:ejones@warningsystems.com]
Sent: Monday, November 27, 2006 2:13 PM
To: emergency@lists.oasis-open.org
Cc: Scott Mcgrath
Subject: [emergency] Emergency Interoperability Member Section

Dear TC Members,

I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving Holiday.  On 11/17, the draft meeting notes from our 11/14 were posted.  Our discussion about the member section was summarized. 

It seems the following issues were prevalent:

1.  There should be more public safety representation in the EIC if that board is to take on the initial role of the steering committee.  Brought up by Tom agreed to by Rex.  The Public Safety Communication Council and NENA were sited.

Further info:  Chris Cooper is an EIC board member but in addition to his role at IBM, is an Assistant Fire Chief with the Latrobe Fire Protection District under schedule with CDF and has over 20 years of first responder experience.   ComCare is a NENA member.  The First Response Coalition might be joining the EIC.

How should we reach out to other organizations or should the EIC?  How should they participate in the steering committee?

2.  Scott McGrath was going to look into the WiFi, OGC Compliance Testing framework which is Open Source as well as the ISO/IEEE Models and report back to the group.

3.  Thoughts on just standing the Member Section up for the mission of developing interoperability demonstrations at first and decide whether the test/certify/compliance piece is something we want to do via the member section at a later time.

Please comment to the list on these topics.  We will have our EM-TC telecon meeting 1/28 at 12:00 EST.

Elysa Jones, Chair
Engineering Program Manager
Warning Systems, Inc.

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