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Subject: RE: [tab-askthetab] First Cut on Profiles

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Subject: [tab-askthetab] First Cut on Profiles


Thinking about an appropriate response from the TAB to the question raised by Rex Brooks.

As a first cut I would suggest:

1. Acknowledge that OASIS has no formal guidance on the "profile" issue

<JD> we first need to define which kind of profile we talk about:
(a) integration profiles (a-la-WSI)
(b) usage profile (or deployment profile), which is about a community of user deciding of how to layer their own business practice on top of OASIS standards. May contain [application] domain-specific info.
(c) COnformance profiles, whcih are more about defining a (set of) conformance clause(s) that define precisely what are the requirements - and the options - for a product that claims to conform to a spec.

2. Summarize the resources posted thus far, including those from Robin (thanks Robin!).

<JD> I made last year a presentation about the general "profiling" activity, in EU. Will retrieve these slides.

Perhaps in the form of an annotated set of resources with the major issues bulleted as a lead in?

Question: Given the complexity of the profile issue, do we need anything more than some bright line stuff for the common cases (don't reuse names in a namespace unless you are following the original definition)?

Having just skimmed most of the material that has been posted, I can readily imagine having different opinions on successive days about profiling in particular situations. I am not at all certain that beyond repeating the considerations that have been outlined by others that there is a lot of new ground to be covered. Perhaps after some experience has been gained using those general profiling considerations I may feel differently but at the moment I am not sure what more we could offer.

I am not sure how such matters get on the agenda for discussion/decision by the TAB but I would be more than happy to draft some text that summarizes what I think could be some bring line rules and pointers to other considerations that could form the basis for an answer from the TAB.

<JD> we could add a "profiling" section to out TAB wiki, as a collaborative space on this topic.

I am assuming that answers are expected in some relatively responsive time frame.

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!


Patrick Durusau
Chair, V1 - US TAG to JTC 1/SC 34
Convener, JTC 1/SC 34/WG 3 (Topic Maps)
Editor, OpenDocument Format TC (OASIS), Project Editor ISO/IEC 26300 Co-Editor, ISO/IEC 13250-1, 13250-5 (Topic Maps)

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