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Subject: Re: [oiic-formation-discuss] Draft proposal, or brain dump

I agree that we need something somewhere so that folks (like myself) can 
get up to speed and/or research the materials at hand.  But I believe 
that a) we should be vendor neutral, and b) that this discussion about 
wiki/google docs/whatever may be needed, but is off topic.

Google as a company has openly supported ODF.  To use their products 
(google docs) may open us up to the perception of favortism, vendor 
preference, and even worse, vendor influence.  I don't really think this 
is a huge problem at all, in this case, but have learned from past 
experience with the local Linux User Group that perception can make or 
break a project.  So I'd rather avoid that issue outright, if possible.

I was going to ask if there was some place where I could go and 
determine who is who, research the rules/regulations involved, and 
otherwise get up to speed so I can (possibly) contribute in a more 
meaningful manner.  This Wiki idea sounds like the place for that.  In 
the mean time any other useful URLs for me to investigate?

And this thread has now drifted off topic from it's stated subject.. :)

My thoughts (for what they are worth).


Sam Johnston wrote:
> On Mon, Jun 9, 2008 at 6:58 PM, Henrik Sundberg <storangen@gmail.com 
> <mailto:storangen@gmail.com>> wrote:
>     2008/6/9 Mary McRae <mary.mcrae@oasis-open.org
>     <mailto:mary.mcrae@oasis-open.org>>:
>      >   Since the purpose of the wiki or other collaborative tool:
>      >
>      > -           Is not to create official OASIS output and therefore
>     not subject
>      > to the OASIS IPR policy or the TC Process, and
>      >
>      > -           includes individuals who may or may not be OASIS members,
>      >
>      >  it sounds like the most reasonable approach would be to use
>     Google Docs.
>     Why is Google Docs better than a Wiki in this case?
> Why choose when you can have both? Google have a very impressive Wiki 
> product too called Google Sites <http://sites.google.com/> and while it 
> is available to any holder of a free Google Account storage space is 
> limited to 100Mb unless you go for Google Apps <http://www.google.com/a> 
> in which case you get a more than adequate 10Gb.
> Given I already spend most of my days deploying Google Apps at large 
> enterprises I am more than happy to contribute a domain and the time it 
> takes to set it up (which is not long 
> <http://youtube.com/watch?v=QhLyiuDKNrU> incidentally) to this worthy 
> cause. Unless anybody particularly objects I'll come back shortly with 
> details of how to get in and get started as I personally think it would 
> be a lot better to have this important project on solid, secure 
> infrastructure than a standalone instance of a competing product. I'll 
> happy hand over said domain if the group feels there's a better 
> custodian and in any case the service is accessed using google.com 
> <http://google.com> URLs.
> Anyone interested in helping out with administration (eg adding users) 
> please contact me off list,
> Kind regards,
> Sam
> -- 
> Sam Johnston
> Australian Online Solutions
> http://www.aos.net.au/

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