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Subject: Re: [ihc] An Article on Legal Constraints in US, A Question aboutIssues


Thanks for the valuable input, but I'll ask that discussion on the list 
not start until the TC is actually formed at the first meeting, 
scheduled for 2 September. That would be the time to discuss forming a SC.


Rex Brooks wrote:
> Hi Folks,
> Since I keep an eye on Healthcare issues, I noticed this article today. 
> One of my own conclusions as I have researched this domain off and on 
> over the last 3 years has been the lack of global standards for IT other 
> than the broadest ones covered in ISO 11179, and some topic-specific 
> issues. I would be interested to hear whether there are significant and 
> similar barriers in Europe and Asia, as if localization wasn't difficult 
> enough on its own, especially with different character sets. However, as 
> with many IT issues, the legal aspects, and the IPR aspects also need to 
> be addressed. So, here's the article:
> http://www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=29100518
> And, here's the question:
> Should we consider establishing subcommittees early in the TC process?
> The question relates to the specificity of gathering requirements for 
> legal issues specifically. As a member of the Web Services for Remote 
> Portlets TC, I can vouch for the fact that there just isn't enough warm 
> bodies working on behalf of corporate members to take on any significant 
> work outside the specific purview of our scope, and our experience with 
> relying on other TCs to produce their specs in a timely way to aid in 
> our ongoing work has been somewhat disappointing, though neither 
> unexpected, nor particularly troubling yet. For instance,  we have had 
> to wait for a year for WSS to reach its milestone for producing its 
> first suite of specifications, we now face the task of imlementing those 
> standards and gathering feedback from those implementations. This then 
> must be factored into WSRP 2.0 if we can, though, in fact, we may not 
> have enough feedback during the timeframe we have established for 
> developing WSRP v2.0. I don't know, obviously, so I can't point out 
> whether, in fact, this is a large-enough concern to warrant being 
> included in the ihc work. However, uptake of standards, wherever they 
> are produced is something that needs to be addressed, so I think that an 
> IHC Legal SC would be a good idea.
> If we are to liaise with other TCs to produce specifications needed in 
> this domain, we need to be as specific as we can be to avoid tasking 
> others to survey a field for specific issues before beginning the work 
> of writing standards to bridge those issues.
> BTW, Legal is just one particular domain. For an exercise in how complex 
> these issues will be, consider how many different specs there are for 
> defining what a "person" or "address" is.
> Just thought I would pass this little reminder along.
> Regards,
> Rex Brooks
> P.S. I am using the long form of my signature here this once so those of 
> you joining in this initial period can get an idea of what my interests 
> are. I will add my membership in this TC once I am sure that I fit into 
> the work here.
> -- 
> Rex Brooks
> President, Stabourne Communications Design
> Executive Director, Humanmarkup.org, Inc.
> Co-Chair, Secretary, OASIS HumanMarkup Technical Committee
> Co-Chair OASIS Human Physical Characteristics Description Markup 
> Language Subcommittee
> Member, OASIS Web Services for Remote Portlets Technical Committee
> Member,  OASIS Web Services for Remote Portlets-Primer Subcommittee
> Member OASIS Emergency Management Technical Committee
> Co-Chair Emergency Management Notification Methods and Messages Subcommittee
> Member, OASIS Emergency Management Geospatial Information Services 
> Subcomittee
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