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Subject: Appealing TC Admin decision on Java package names

The undersigned Eligible Members of the OASIS SCA-J TC wish to appeal the decision by TC Admin attached below (ref. [1]).  This appeal is being submitted by
individual members of the SCA-J TC, as required by the OASIS TC Process.  In addition, the SCA-J TC has voted to add its backing to this appeal by a unanimous vote.

Our grounds for this appeal are as follows.



The proposed package name prefix must be controlled by OASIS.


The decision comes in two parts.

1. The need for the SCA Java APIs to change the package name prefix from "org.osoa " to a different package name prefix that is controlled by OASIS.
2. The need for OASIS to be able to control the proposed package name prefix of "org.oasisopen".

 (Proposed Resolution)
This appeal concerns the second part of the decision.  The SCA-J TC discussed this and voted [2] not to accept the proposed package name prefix of "org.oasisopen" if it is not controlled by OASIS.  If OASIS is unable or unwilling to obtain the use of the "openoasis.org" domain, then the SCA-J TC would rather retain the use of the package name prefix "org.osoa".



Part 2 of the decision is a reversal of the earlier decision which occurred without consultation with the SCA-J TC.


This issue was raised with TC-Admin on March 2 (ref. [3]).  TC-Admin sent a decision on March 7 (ref.[4])  On March 10 TC-Admin asked us to hold off from implementing the decision and said might be a couple of questions to be answered (ref. [5]).

Simon Nash (chair at the time) replied to TC-Admin on March 10 (ref. [6]) inviting her or other OASIS staff involved in the decision to discuss this matter with the SCA-J TC.  TC-Admin did not respond.  On March 25, Simon sent another email (ref. [7]) repeating my invitation to discuss this with the TC.  Again, TC-Admin did not respond.

On April 3 TC-Admin sent a response (ref. [8]) with a decision that completely reversed the original decision.  There had been no consultation with the TC about this change to the decision, despite two invitations to have this discussion.  TC-Admin also indicated that the decision was final (despite the lack of discussion) and that it could only be changed by formal appeal.

This decision was unacceptable to the TC for the technical reasons stated above.

On April 24 Simon sent TC-Admin an email informing her of this (ref. [9]), with a proposed resolution that would be acceptable to the TC, and asking if we could resolve this without need for an appeal.  TC-Admin acknowledged the email (ref. [10]) and indicate a reply in a few days.  TC-Admin's formal response came on Nov 5 (ref. [1]).

At this point we are up against the 30-day appeal deadline and the TC has exhausted all attempts to reach a mutually agreeable resolution through dialogue,
despite all efforts to do this. The acceptable resolutions are summarized in the (Proposed Resolution) above.

We therefore feel we have no option but to initiate this formal appeal.

    David Booz         IBM                   OASIS SCA-J TC Co-Chair

     Mark Combellack    Avaya                 OASIS SCA-J TC Co-Chair
     Simon Nash         Individual            OASIS SCA-J TC Voting Member
    Martin Chapman     Oracle Corporation    OASIS SCA-J TC Voting Member
    Jim Marino         Individual            OASIS SCA-J TC Voting Member
    Anish Karmarkar    Oracle Corporation    OASIS SCA-J TC Voting Member
    Ashok Malhotra     Oracle Corporation    OASIS SCA-J TC Voting Member

     Mike Edwards       IBM                   OASIS SCA-J TC Voting Member
     Bryan Aupperle     IBM                   OASIS SCA-J TC Voting Member
     Pradeep Simha      TIBCO Software Inc    OASIS SCA-J TC Voting Member


[2] http://www.oasis-open.org/apps/org/workgroup/sca-j/download.php/30068/SCA%20Java%20Face%20to%20Face%20Minutes%202008-11-11%20to%202008-11-13.doc
[3] http://www.oasis-open.org/apps/org/workgroup/sca-j/email/archives/200803/msg00000.html
[8] http://www.oasis-open.org/apps/org/workgroup/sca-j/email/archives/200804/msg00007.html
[9] http://www.oasis-open.org/apps/org/workgroup/sca-j/email/archives/200804/msg00044.html

Dave Booz
STSM, BPM and SCA Architecture
Co-Chair OASIS SCA-Policy TC and SCA-J TC
"Distributed objects first, then world hunger"
Poughkeepsie, NY (845)-435-6093 or 8-295-6093

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