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Subject: CD status for informational documents.

I asked Mary McRae to give OASIS’ opinion on whether Committee Draft status (as defined by the current TC process) is the appropriate track to use for informational documents. I specifically described the TC’s report that responds to the Thomas Gross security analysis.


She responded: “Thanks, Rob, for bringing up the question. TCs are working on all sorts of "informational" documents, whether they be white papers, powerpoint presentations, educational materials, etc. It is important for this work to be approved by the TC so that it is acknowledged as representing the viewpoint of the full committee. While the term "Committee Draft" or even "Committee Specification" may seem uncharacteristic, it is the vocabulary we have to work with.


Thus, it is the opinion of OASIS that CD status is currently the appropriate designation for documents such as this as well as docs such as our technical overview, executive summary, etc.


She later mentioned that the new TC process takes effect April 15.  The new process provides for 2 approved document states; Committee Draft and Committee Specification.  These are defined as:

·  OASIS Committee Draft - a draft technical work, designated as such, that has been approved by a Technical Committee within the scope of its charter as specified in the OASIS Technical Committee Process.

·  OASIS Committee Specification - a technical work, designated as such, that has been approved by a Technical Committee for public implementation.

Note that the new CD status will require a simple majority vote, while CS status will require a 2/3 vote.


Also, I have responded to her with Tony’s follow-up question about whether all CD’s have to be related to the charter of the TC.  IMO, as Hal pointed out, all business that the TC takes up must be within the charter or it would have to be ruled out of order.  But I asked the question anyway and I’ll pass along the OASIS position on that question when she responds.

Rob Philpott
Senior Consulting Engineer 
RSA Security Inc.
Tel: 781-515-7115
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