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Subject: Re: [office] Proposed TC Meeting Agenda Items

On Jan 17, 2006, at 7:53 AM, Michael Brauer - Sun Germany - ham02 - 
Hamburg wrote:

> Regarding a meta data sub committee. I think that the spectrum of the 
> meta data topic turned out to be much broader than we originally 
> thought. For that reason, I think it might be reasonable to stop the 
> the discussions of meta data proposals for the moment, and to start a 
> discussion what we want to achieve in this area. Given the complexity 
> of the topic I think it would best to do so at a face to face meeting.

I don't think that's reasonable. There is nothing about this that 
requires a face-to-face meeting, and I have time and financial 
constraints (namely that I don't have a company sponsoring my travel) 
that would make it difficult for me to go to Hamburg.

My perspective on metadata is this:

We need standardized support for bibliographic metadata. I have been 
telling you this for the past year.

I can put together my own proposal for that irrespective of the larger 
picture -- that the bibliographic use case is just one among others -- 
but that seems rather short-sighted. I am even willing to put together 
a comprehensive proposal.

I am not happy about delaying this further into yet another year 
though, which will be the effect of what you are proposing.

The complexity of the metadata issue is really just in the details. 
They are not hard to work out though.


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