From: Durand, Jacques R.
Sent: 13 January 2009 00:50
To: Patrick Durusau; email@example.com
Subject: RE: [tab-askthetab] First Cut on Profiles
From: Patrick Durusau [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Sunday, January 11, 2009 6:42 AM
Subject: [tab-askthetab] First Cut on Profiles
Thinking about an appropriate response from the TAB to the question raised by
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!).
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
Hope everyone is having a great weekend!
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Convener, JTC 1/SC 34/WG 3 (Topic Maps)
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