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Subject: RE: [obix] Initial Meeting of OASIS oBIX

Hi Toby,

Unfortunately I'll be traveling to UK/South Africa tomorrow.  If I get the
right break in the layover I'll try and make the call.

Otherwise, I'm still very interested in actively participating in the TC and
any subcommittees the group might create at the meeting.  You've probably
got a good handle on my potential contributions to oBix - so just slot me in
where you think best if I don't make the call.


-----Original Message-----
From: toby.considine@fac.unc.edu [mailto:toby.considine@fac.unc.edu] 
Sent: Tuesday, June 08, 2004 6:43 PM
To: obix@lists.oasis-open.org
Cc: jamie.clark@oasis-open.org
Subject: [obix] Initial Meeting of OASIS oBIX

The first OASIS meeting of the oBIX (open Building Information Xchnage) will
be a conference call on June 15 at 11:00 Eastern Daylight Time.  

NOTE: This is a one hour change form the original schedule which would have
caused a hardship for the many committee members who are on Pacific Daylight
Time (PDT).  I apologize for the change; please let me know if this causes
undue hardship on anyone.

The call info is as follows:

(877) 882-0542  or (706) 679-6844  

Conference code:  651 497 4028

Of necessity, this meeting will cover many administrative issues; we plan to
slog through them within an hour.

Thanks to Trane and Paul Ehrlich for hosting the call.

Proposed Agenda:

10 Minutes: oBIX Kick-Off and Explanation of OASIS Process (Jamie Clark,

5 Minutes: Election of Chair (From the OASIS Guidelines: At the first
meeting the TC must elect a chair as the first order of business. Once the
chair is elected the role of convener ends.)

10 Minutes: Clarification of Scope, Purpose of oBIX

5 Minutes: Summary of Work to Date: Aaron Hansen

20 Minutes: Approaches and Participation:

oBIX has already been under way for a year, so there is some culture already
in place on the committee that must be relearned for OASIS.  Experience has
shown that not all members are ready to live in the nitty-gritty of XML, and
that other perspectives are necessary to make oBIX be what it should.  There
is also a strongly felt concern that we provide useful recommendations to
users of oBIX as to when and how to use oBIX.  We want to get a strong
perspective on use cases that Owners Operators, and Tenants would like to
get from oBIX, to make sure we continually re-focus on delivering usable
value with oBIX.  We have also had some participation from several of the 50
different vertical controls markets identified as likely to be in a

To this end, we want to consider the sub-committee structure for oBIX.
These subcommittees would allow the more focused members to meet more often
on areas of concern, while summarizing back to the overall committee less

As a starting point, I propose:

oBIX meets once a month.

- The XML Standards sub-committee meets once a week..  This will be the most
technical of the committees.

- The Applications and Guidelines sub-committee will discuss when and when
not to use oBIX for building controls projects.

- Roadmap sub-committee As oBIX exposes controls to the enterprise, it
grants the enterprise permission to interact with those control systems.
This committee will focus on developing use cases and prioritizing
development efforts by the other subcommittees.

Other committees:

-	Special interest groups meetings (SIGs) for  controls vertical
industries to clarify the proper abstraction level for each vertical

-	Interfaces to define relationships between oBIX and related
facilities XML dialiects

Of course, the actual subcommittee structure will be determined during open
meetings, but something consistent with this structure is anticipated.

5 Minutes: discussion on expanding participation

5 Minutes: Summary and Action Items

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