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Subject: Invitation to comment on Classification of Everyday Living V1.0 - ends Jan. 10th

OASIS Members and other interested parties, 

We are pleased to announce that Classification of Everyday Living Version 1.0 from the OASIS Classification of Everyday Living (COEL) TC [1] is now available for public review and comment.  

Digital technologies are becoming integral to our daily lives. They promise huge benefits to society, but the data they create
carries potential for abuse.

COEL is a hierarchical taxonomy of everyday human life events, comprised of a Knowledge Base, Data Model and Methodology. It aims to be a roadmap for collecting and handling personal data that protects the interests of both individuals and businesses.

This specification draft defines the Classification of Everyday Living (COEL) Version 1.0 specification for the complete implementation of a compliant system. Examples and non-normative material are also offered as guidance. A model in JSON is also provided. 

The TC has extensively reorganized and revised the specification from the initial public review draft that was published as a set of six related publications. The changes are documented in detail in the Revision History in Appendix C. A red-lined version of the specification is also provided [3]. 

The documents and related files are available here: 

Classification of Everyday Living Version 1.0
Committee Specification Draft 03 / Public Review Draft 02
23 November 2017

Editable source (Authoritative):



COEL Model:

For your convenience, OASIS provides complete packages of the prose specifications and related files in ZIP distribution files. You can download the ZIP files at:


How to Provide Feedback 

OASIS and the COEL TC value your feedback. We solicit feedback from potential users, developers and others, whether OASIS members or not, for the sake of improving the interoperability and quality of its technical work.

This public review starts 11 December 2017 at 00:00 UTC and ends 10 January 2018 at 11:59 UTC. 

This specification was previously submitted for public review [2]. Changes are highlighted in red-lined file included in the package [3].  

Comments on the work may be submitted to the TC by following the instructions located at:


Feedback submitted by TC non-members for this work and for other work of this TC is publicly archived and can be viewed at:


All comments submitted to OASIS are subject to the OASIS Feedback License, which ensures that the feedback you provide carries the same obligations at least as the obligations of the TC members. In connection with the public review of these works, we call your attention to the OASIS IPR Policy [4] applicable especially [5] to the work of this technical committee. All members of the TC should be familiar with this document, which may create obligations regarding the disclosure and availability of a member's patent, copyright, trademark and license rights that read on an approved OASIS specification. 

OASIS invites any persons who know of any such claims to disclose these if they may be essential to the implementation of the above specification, so that notice of them may be posted to the notice page for this TC's work.

Additional information about this specification and the COEL TC may be found on the TC's public home page.

========== Additional references:

[1] OASIS Classification of Everyday Living (COEL) TC

Approval: https://www.oasis-open.org/committees/ballot.php?id=3153  

[2]  Previous public reviews:

- 30-day public review, 10 November 2016:

[3] Red-lined copy of the specification: 


[4] http://www.oasis-open.org/policies-guidelines/ipr

[5] http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/coel/ipr.php
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Chet Ensign
Director of Standards Development and TC Administration 
OASIS: Advancing open standards for the information society

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Mobile: +1 201-341-1393 

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