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Subject: RE: [stdsreg] call for vote: StdsReg charter


-----Original Message-----
From: Karl F. Best [mailto:karl.best@oasis-open.org]
Sent: Tuesday, February 26, 2002 8:31 AM
To: stdsreg@lists.oasis-open.org
Subject: [stdsreg] call for vote: StdsReg charter

StdsReg committee:

Attached is the proposed charter for the Standards Registry committee,
which incorporates suggestions for changes that I have received in the
past week.

I am now calling for votes to approve the charter. Please send your vote
to this mail list. The majority of votes cast on the list will determine
the outcome. Votes will be accepted up until the start of next week's
committee meeting (5 March, 12 noon EST); I will announce the results at
the meeting.

Karl F. Best
OASIS - Director, Technical Operations
+1 978.667.5115 x206
karl.best@oasis-open.org  http://www.oasis-open.org

Standards Registry Committee (StdsReg) Charter

The goal of the Standards Registry Committee is to develop
specifications that will promote the exchange of information between
organizations developing standards and other consensus documents, and
make more coherent and systematic information about these organizations'
activities available to the public in order to
* increase collaboration between the organizations;
* encourage the development of interoperable specifications;
* increase participation in standards efforts; and
* encourage adoption of completed specifications by users.

The Standards Registry Committee will create the following:

1. A simple specification for metadata that describes both in-progress
and completed technical work created by various organizations. The
metadata should be flexible enough to describe the work of most
organizations, and simple enough that it can be implemented at very
little cost.

2. Selection of a taxonomy that can be used to classify each
organization's specifications.

3. A recommendation for how standards registries, both current and
future, can be used together to allow common searching across the
registries hosted by various organizations.

The committee's goal is to create the above deliverables in three to six

Existing work should be used where possible and appropriate, and
completed work should be in conformance with existing international
standards as appropriate.

The deliverables of the committee will be considered public property and
may be freely used by anyone.

The StdsReg committee should be run in a very lightweight manner, with
openness and cooperation as the guiding philosophy. The committee chair
will conduct the committee according to the general principles of
Robert's Rules, but the actual rules of Robert's will be used only when

The committee chair will be elected by majority vote of the committee
members. The chair can be removed by 2/3 vote of the committee.

The committee will make decisions whenever possible by reaching
consensus during meetings. For decisions where consensus cannot be
reached a vote will be taken via the email list, with a decision
requiring a simple majority of those voting.

The final specification will be adopted by 2/3 vote of the committee.

Membership in the StdsReg Committee is open to any person who can and
will contribute to the deliverables of the committee. Active
participation is expected. With the exception of the committee's first
meeting a person cannot vote at the first committee meeting he attends
or in his first email ballot.

All activities of the committee will be publicly viewable. All meeting
minutes and draft documents should be posted to a publicly accessible
web page, and all mail list discussions will be publicly archived.
Voting may take place in meetings and via email.

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