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Subject: Proposed Charter for OASIS DITA Adoption TC

To OASIS Members:

  A draft TC charter has been submitted to establish the DITA Adoption Technical
Committee. In accordance with the OASIS TC Process Policy section 2.2: 
(http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/process-2008-02-05.php#formation) the
proposed charter is hereby submitted for comment. The comment period shall
remain open until 11:45pm ET on 17 June 2008. 

  OASIS maintains a mailing list for the purpose of submitting comments on
proposed charters. Any OASIS member may post to this list by sending email to:
mailto:oasis-charter-discuss@lists.oasis-open.org. All messages will be publicly
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subscribe to the oasis-charter-discuss e-mail.

  A telephone conference will be held among the Convener, the OASIS TC
Administrator, and those proposers who wish to attend within four days of the
close of the comment period. The announcement and call-in information will be
noted on the OASIS Charter Discuss Group Calendar.

  We encourage member comment and ask that you note the name of the proposed TC
(DITA-Adoption) in the subject line of your email message. 


Mary P McRae
Manager of TC Administration, OASIS
email: mary.mcrae@oasis-open.org  
web: www.oasis-open.org
phone: 603.232.9090

OASIS DITA Adoption Technical Committee

(1)(a) The name of the TC, such name not to have been previously used for an
OASIS TC and not to include any trademarks or service marks not owned by OASIS. 
OASIS DITA Adoption Technical Committee

(1)(b) A statement of purpose, including a definition of the problem to be
The OASIS DITA Adoption Technical Committee members will collaborate to provide
expertise and resources to educate the marketplace on the value of the DITA
OASIS standard. By raising awareness of the benefits offered by DITA, the
Technical Committee increases the demand for, and availability of, DITA
conforming products and services, resulting in a greater choice of tools and
platforms and expanding the DITA community of users, suppliers, and consultants.

Since DITA adoption is stronger in the US than in the rest of the world,
especially the European Union, the Technical Committee will actively solicit
participation from non-US members and help to facilitate providing information
promoting DITA adoption globally.

By advancing the adoption of DITA through OASIS, the Technical Committee members
.	Collaborate within the security of the OASIS open process
.	Maximize message credibility by working on behalf of a vendor-neutral
standards consortium
.	Build on existing market awareness of OASIS as the source of DITA
.	Leverage the combined resources of all participants
.	Reinforce DITA as the result of an open, transparent process guided by
multiple vendors, communities, and individuals
.	Openly share content and coordinate program execution with other
entities that share a common or similar statement of purpose on a worldwide

(1)(c) The scope of the work of the TC, which must be germane to the mission of
OASIS, and which includes a definition of what is and what is not the work of
the TC, and how it can be determined when the work of the TC has been completed.

OASIS DITA Adoption Technical Committee activities may extend to any of the
following activities:  
.	Oversee the DITA XML.org Focus Area
.	Review and ensure accuracy of DITA references in commonly used resources
such as Wikipedia 
.	Host educational, vendor-neutral webinars  
.	Organize vendor-neutral workshops and tracks at OASIS events and other
.	Produce OASIS-branded primers, white papers, position papers, slide
presentations, datasheets, and other collateral  
.	Develop best practice guidelines  
.	Establish liaisons with other organizations who may assist in building
awareness of DITA, and promoting DITA in a variety of user communities
.	Assist in coordinating promotional efforts of members, leveraging
activities wherever beneficial  
.	Assist in coordinating press and analyst relations such as briefings,
releases, and announcements  
.	Encourage and coordinate volunteer efforts to translate the DITA
specification and other committee documents into other languages  
.	Interface with other TCs to define how DITA can be best integrated with
other standards to address specific scenarios  
.	Stage interoperability and/or proof-of-concept demonstrations at
industry conferences  
.	Other projects aimed at increasing adoption as identified by Committee

(1)(d) A list of deliverables, with projected completion dates.
.	First best practice issued within 6 months of formation.
.	First webinar produced jointly with the SVG Technical Committee and the
DITA Translation Subcommittee and sponsored by OASIS.

(1)(e) Specification of the IPR Mode under which the TC will operate.
Royalty-Free on limited terms

(1)(f) The anticipated audience or users of the work.
Anyone involved in the implementation of the OASIS DITA standard in their own
organizations, including information-development managers, content creators and
distributors, consultants supporting implementations, and vendors providing
tools to support content development and distribution.

(1)(g) The language in which the TC shall conduct business.

(2) Non-normative information regarding the startup of the TC, which includes:
(2)(a) Identification of similar or applicable work that is being done in other
OASIS TCs or by other organizations, why there is a need for another effort in
this area and how this proposed TC will be different, and what level of liaison
will be pursued with these other organizations.

The DITA Adoption Technical Committee is closely allied with the DITA Technical
Committee. The DITA TC is responsible for the development, maintenance, and
enhancement of the DITA specification and the language reference. As such, the
DITA TC concentrates on clearly defining and developing the technical content of
the specification. It also supports the work of several subcommittees that are
creating industry-specific specializations of the DITA specification.

The DITA Adoption TC concentrates on the promotion of the DITA standard to the
global user community, helping to encourage DITA adoption in new industries, new
areas of content creation, and new organizations. To this end, the DITA Adoption
TC's focus is on building public awareness of the standard, educating potential
users in the standard, and ensuring that miscommunications that may exist are
quickly corrected.

The DITA Adoption TC intends to appoint an individual who is an active, voting
member of both TCs to serve as a liaison to the DITA TC, to actively communicate
the work of the Adoption TC, and to request the assistance of the DITA TC on
technical issues concerning the specification. Through the liaison, the DITA
Adoption TC may bring issues to the DITA TC concerning user needs in improving
the specification. The DITA TC may bring issues to the DITA Adoption TC
concerning the use cases or user scenarios around proposed changes and
enhancements to the specification, as well as suggestions for other
adoption-related work.

(2)(b) The date, time, and location of the first meeting, whether it will be
held in person or by telephone, and who will sponsor this first meeting. 
28 July 2008 11:00 am ET
The TC will use a free conference service provided by ComTech Services for its

(2)(c) The projected on-going meeting schedule for the year following the
formation of the TC, or until the projected date of the final deliverable,
whichever comes first, and who will be expected to sponsor these meetings.
The DITA Adoption TC plans to hold regular monthly meetings unless increased
work requires more frequent meetings. Much of the Adoption TC work occurs
through small working groups, such as the working group responsible for updating
and monitoring the dita.xml.org website as an ongoing activity.

(2)(d) The names, electronic mail addresses, and membership affiliations of at
least Minimum Membership who support this proposal and are committed to the
Charter and projected meeting schedule.
JoAnn Hackos, Comtech              Joann.hackos@comtech-serv.com
Gershon Joseph, Associate          Gershon.joseph@tech-tav.com
Troy Klukewich, Oracle             Troy.Klukewich@oracle.com
Kay Whatley, Individual            kay@brightpathsolutions.com
Kristen Eberlein, Individual       keberlein@pobox.com
Tony Self, Associate               tself@hyperwrite.com
Bob Doyle, Associate               bobdoyle@skybuilders.com
Bryan Schnabel, Individual         bryan.s.schnabel@tektronix.com
Michael Priestley, IBM             mpriestl@ca.ibm.com
Debra Bissantz, LSI Logic          debra.bissantz@lsi.com
Frank Miller, Comtech              Frank.miller@comtech-serv.com
Julio Vasquez, SDI                 julio_v27612@yahoo.com
Rene Gedaly, Individual            yourtechwriter@yahoo.com
David J B Hollis, A&O Consultancy  dhollis@AandOConsultancy.ltd.uk

(2)(e) The name of the Convener who must be an Eligible Person.
JoAnn Hackos	Joann.hackos@comtech-serv.com

(2)(f) The name of the Member Section with which the TC intends to affiliate, if

(2)(g) Optionally, a list of contributions of existing technical work that the
proposers anticipate will be made to this TC.

(2)(h) Optionally, a draft Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document regarding
the planned scope of the TC, for posting on the TC's website.
To be provided at a later date.

(2)(i) Optionally, a proposed working title and acronym for the specification(s)
to be developed by the TC.
To be provided at a later date.


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