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Subject: RE: [regrep] Public Review of ebXML Registry Profile for Web Ontology Language (OWL) v1.5

The public review for the OWL profile just ended (Feb 11th). We now need
to look at any comments we received during the public review and
determine how to resolve (I don't recall seeing any...).  We then need
to agree if we are ready for a ballot to approve as a Committee
Specification.  OASIS must set up this ballot; we need to document the
discussion and agreement in our minutes.  We can at the same time decide
if we want to move it forward in the process to a standard. Again, we
need to show discussion, motions and agreement in our meeting minutes.
There is a packet of material that must be included if we are requesting
to be voted on for approval as an OASIS standard. Please see the TC
Processes link from OASIS
Here is the section related to the process:

3.3 Approval of a Committee Specification 

After the public review of a Public Review Draft the TC may approve the
specification as a Committee Specification. The approval of a Committee
Specification shall require a Special Majority Vote. The TC Chair shall
notify the TC Administrator that the TC is ready to vote on the approval
of the specification, and provide to the TC Administrator the location
of the editable versions of the specification files. The TC
Administrator shall set up and conduct the ballot to approve the
Committee Specification. 

3.4 Approval of an OASIS Standard 

Simultaneously with the approval of a Committee Specification or at a
later date, a TC may resolve by Special Majority Vote to submit the
Committee Specification to the membership of OASIS for consideration as
an OASIS Standard. Upon resolution of the TC to submit the
specification, its Chair shall submit the following items to the TC

(a) Links to the approved Committee Specification in the TC's document
repository, and any appropriate supplemental documentation for the
specification, both of which must be written using the OASIS templates.
The specification may not have been changed between its approval as a
Committee Specification and its submission to OASIS for consideration as
an OASIS Standard, except for the changes on the title page and running
footer noting the approval status and date. 

(b) The editable version of all files that are part of the Committee

(c) Certification by the TC that all schema and XML instances included
in the specification, whether by inclusion or reference, including
fragments of such, are well formed, and that all expressions are valid;

(d) A clear English-language summary of the specification; 

(e) A statement regarding the relationship of this specification to
similar work of other OASIS TCs or other standards developing

(f) Certification by at least three OASIS member organizations that they
are successfully using the specification; 

(g) The beginning and ending dates of the public review(s), a pointer to
the announcement of the public review(s), and a pointer to an account of
each of the comments/issues raised during the public review period(s),
along with its resolution; 

(h) An account of and results of the voting to approve the specification
as a Committee Specification, including the date of the ballot and a
pointer to the ballot; 

(i) An account of or pointer to votes and comments received in any
earlier attempts to standardize substantially the same specification,
together with the originating TC's response to each comment;

(j) A pointer to the publicly visible comments archive for the
originating TC; 

(k) A pointer to any minority reports submitted by one or more Members
who did not vote in favor of approving the Committee Specification,
which report may include statements regarding why the member voted
against the specification or that the member believes that Substantive
Changes were made which have not gone through public review; or
certification by the Chair that no minority reports exist. 

The above submission must be made by the 15th of any month to the TC
Administrator, who shall have until the end of the month to complete
administrative processing and checking for completeness and correctness
of the submission. If the submission is incomplete it shall be rejected
but may be resubmitted at a later time. 

The TC that originated the specification may resolve by Special Majority
Vote to withdraw the proposed specification at any point after it is
submitted to the TC Administrator for administrative processing and
before the start of the voting period. No part of the submission may be
changed or altered in any way after being submitted to the TC
Administrator, including by Errata or corrigenda. Errata, corrigenda or
other changes to a Committee Specification are not permitted after its
submission for OASIS Standard approval; if changes are required the
Committee Specification must be withdrawn by the TC, edited, re-approved
as a Committee Specification, and then may be resubmitted as a proposed
OASIS Standard. Proposed changes of any kind to a Committee Draft or
Committee Specification may be maintained by a Technical Committee, but
do not have any approval status until incorporated into a revised
Committee Draft or Committee Specification. 

The TC Administrator shall submit the proposal to the OASIS membership
by the first day of the following month. The first 15 days of that month
shall be used by the membership to familiarize themselves with the
submission. Voting shall start on the 16th of the month. The voting
representatives of those organizational members of OASIS who were
members at the beginning of the familiarization period are eligible to
vote, and must submit their ballots by the end of the month. 

In votes upon proposed OASIS Standards, each OASIS organizational member
shall be entitled to cast one vote. Votes shall be cast via the publicly
archived electronic voting facility supplied by OASIS. Ballots shall be
publicly visible during voting and may be changed up until the end of
the voting period. The results of a vote on a proposed standard shall be
provided to the membership and to the TC no later than seven days
following the close of the voting period. 

If at the end of the voting period at least 15 percent of the voting
membership has voted to approve the proposed standard, and if no votes
have been cast to disapprove the proposed standard, it shall become an
OASIS Standard immediately following the end of the voting period.
However, if negative votes amounting to less than 15 percent of the
voting membership have been cast, the TC shall be notified of the
negative votes, after which the TC shall have 30 days to take one of the
following actions by Resolution of a Special Majority Vote: (a) request
the TC Administrator to approve the specification as submitted despite
the negative votes; (b) withdraw the submission entirely; or (c) submit
an amended specification, in which case the amended submission shall be
considered as if it were a new submission, except that information
regarding previous votes and any disposition of comments received in
previous votes shall accompany the amended submission. 

If at the end of the voting period less than 15 percent of the voting
membership has voted to approve the proposed standard, or if at the end
of the voting period 15 percent or more of the voting membership has
voted to disapprove the proposed standard, or if the originating TC upon
notification of negative votes takes no formal action within the 30 days
allocated for consideration of the results, then the specification shall
not become an OASIS Standard. This shall not prevent a later version of
the same specification from being submitted again as specified in this

No changes may be made to the specification after approval as an OASIS
Standard except for the changes on the title page and running footer
noting the approval status and date.

Kathryn Breininger
Boeing Library Services
425-965-0182 phone

-----Original Message-----
From: Mary McRae [mailto:mary.mcrae@oasis-open.org] 
Sent: Wednesday, December 13, 2006 6:44 PM
To: members@lists.oasis-open.org; tc-announce@lists.oasis-open.org
Cc: regrep@lists.oasis-open.org
Subject: [regrep] Public Review of ebXML Registry Profile for Web
Ontology Language (OWL) v1.5

To OASIS members, Public Announce Lists:

The OASIS ebXML Registry TC has recently approved the following
specification as a Committee Draft and approved the package for public

ebXML Registry Profile for Web Ontology Language (OWL) v1.5

The public review starts today, 13 December 2006, and ends 11 February
This is an open invitation to comment. We strongly encourage feedback
from potential users, developers and others, whether OASIS members or
not, for the sake of improving the interoperability and quality of OASIS
work. Please feel free to distribute this announcement within your
organization and to other appropriate mail lists.

More non-normative information about the specification and the technical
committee may be found at the public home page of the TC at:
Comments may be submitted to the TC by any person through the use of the
OASIS TC Comment Facility which can be located via the button marked
"Send A Comment" at the top of that page, or directly at:

Submitted comments (for this work as well as other works of that TC) are
publicly archived and can be viewed at: 
http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/regrep-comment/. 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.

The specification document and related files are available here:

Editable Source:



OASIS and the ebXML Registry TC welcome your comments.

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

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