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Subject: OASIS TC Call for Participation: OASIS Forest Industries TC

To: OASIS members and interested parties

    A new OASIS technical committee is being formed. The OASIS
Forest Industries Technical Committee has been proposed by the members
of OASIS listed below. The proposal, below, meets the requirements of
the OASIS TC Process [a]. The TC name, statement of purpose, scope,
list of deliverables, audience, and language specified in the
proposal will constitute the TC's official charter. Submissions of
technology for consideration by the TC, and the beginning of
technical discussions, may occur no sooner than the TC's first meeting.

     This TC will operate under our 2005 IPR Policy [b]. The
eligibility requirements for becoming a participant in the TC at the
first meeting (see details below) are that:

     (a) you must be an employee of an OASIS member organization or
an individual member of OASIS;
     (b) the OASIS member must sign the OASIS membership agreement [c];
     (c) you must notify the TC chair of your intent to participate
at least 15 days prior to the first meeting, which members may do by
using the "Join this TC" button on the TC's public page at [d]; and
     (d) you must attend the first meeting of the TC, at the time
and date fixed below.

Of course, participants also may join the TC at a later time.  OASIS
and the TC welcomes all interested parties.

     Non-OASIS members who wish to participate may contact us about
joining OASIS [c].

In addition, the public may access the information   resources
maintained for each TC: a mail list archive, document repository and
public comments facility, which will be linked from the TC's public
home page at [d].

     Please feel free to forward this announcement to any other
appropriate lists. OASIS is an open standards organization; we
encourage your feedback.   Kind regards  JBC

~  James Bryce Clark
~  Director, Standards Development, OASIS
~  jamie.clark@oasis-open.org

[a] http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/process.php
[b] http://www.oasis-open.org/who/intellectualproperty.php
[c] See http://www.oasis-open.org/join/
[d] http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/tc_home.php?wg_abbrev=forest


Name of TC:

OASIS Forest Industries Technical Committee

Statement of Purpose:

The purpose of the OASIS Forest Industries TC is to develop
specifications for the electronic transfer of forest industry
data from forest to customer. There are currently two standards
in use covering electronic trading (eFIDS), and the transfer of
spatial data (GIS data transfer standard).

e-Forestry Industry Data Standards (eFIDS) -- One of the major
hurdles to the widespread use of e-Business within Forestry was
the lack of standard structured formats for the exchange of data
between organisations within the industry.   This meant that any
e-Business solutions were restricted to the respective parties
involved and were not easily applicable industry-wide. This
problem now may be overcome with the development of the
e-Forestry Industry Data Standards (eFIDS).  eFIDS will provide
the basis for the implementation of a range of e-business
applications. eFIDS have been developed by a number of leading
organisations within the forestry industry and there has been
wide consultation on their applicability.  Full use has been made
of the promotional activities of government development agencies
such as Scottish Enterprise as well as the trade associations
such as UKFPA and other forestry groups such as ConFor. eFIDS are
designed to cater for the full range of electronic trading
circumstances. They employ an XML schema encoded from United
Nations- EDIFACT directories. The schema was originally provided
by CITE (Construction Industry Trading Electronically), with whom
our developed version was previously hosted.  CITE verified its
compliance with relevant W3C Recommendations. The TC will
continue to develop eFIDS  as an international standard.

GIS Data Transfer Standard (GIS DTS) -- Geographic Information
Systems (GIS) are used widely throughout the Forestry Industries
to help manage and plan forestry related information. Over the
last 15-20 years many different GIS systems have been adopted,
with different methods of data storage being used. It is
difficult to transfer information between these systems, leading
to many isolated "islands" of forestry data. The GIS Data
Transfer Standard (GIS DTS) is a mechanism to facilitate
information exchange, making the Industry more efficient and
competitive. The GIS DTS works with different GIS systems and
does not require any specific data storage format, though some
basic compliance to The GIS DTS is necessary. New GIS and
database systems being designed for use in the forestry industry
should take note of the Data Transfer Standard, and have data
models built in a compatible way. This in turn will further
reduce barriers to the flow of information in the future.

Scope of Work:

The scope of the work is to maintain, improve and promote the two
standards already developed, and develop new standards for the
industry according to needs as additional use cases are brought
to light. We anticipate that the TC will coordinate the standards
through the work of its sub-committees.  Discrete tasks to be
addressed will include:
  *  developing and maintaining the specification for each standard,
  *  defining the meta data to be used by each standard,
  *  soliciting and considering suggestions to improve or extend each
standard, based both on evolving forest industry needs, and on
opportunities to more robustly use and leverage other open standards
for e-commerce,
  *  developing code lists for common use in the standards,
  *  developing implementation practices and guidance for the
standards, as needed, and
  *  proactively engaging with related standardization activities
within OASIS and in external forums.


1. Electronic Forestry Information Data Standard (eFIDS).
   Current implementation includes the following use cases:
   Delivery: Q4 2006
  * Stream 1: Initial Round Timber (RT) Despatch from Supplier to
  * Stream 2: Return RT Weight from Buyer to Supplier (Weight Sales)
  * Stream 3: Return RT Volume from Buyer to Supplier (Volume Sales)
  * Stream 4 : Conventional RT Invoicing from Supplier to Buyer
  * Stream 5 : Self-Bill RT Invoicing from Buyer to Supplier (Weight
  * Stream 6 : Self-Bill RT Invoicing from Buyer to Supplier (Volume
  * Stream 7 : Self-Bill Residue Invoicing from Processor to
  * Stream 8 : Sawn Goods Despatch from Processor to Sawn Goods Buyer,
  * Stream 9 : Invoicing from Processor to Sawn Goods Buyer,

Version 1.0 of eFIDS was completed in 2003. The TC will maintain,
consider improvements to and issue updated versions of eFIDS,
beginning in Q4 2006.  EFIDS are capable of being used for
all forest industry supply chain instances/scenarios, including
stock notification.

2. Geographic Information Systems Data Transfer Standard (GIS
DTS) Version 1 The Forestry GIS Data Transfer Standard v1.0
provides a means to transfer information relating to:
  *  Organisation - describing the organisation transferring the data
  *  Physical Description - describing the land, including any trees.

Version 1.0 of GIS DTS was completed in 2005. The TC will maintain,
consider improvements to and issue updated versions of GIS DTS.
Future developments of the GIS DTS are planned to include:
  *  Management Plan - describes the management plan for the land, GIS
      DTS version 2
  *  Operation - describes the Operations that occur as part of the
       Plan, GIS DTS version 3
  *  Product - describes the output from the Operation, GIS DTS
      version 4

Timing of these developments will be driven by industry need for
them, and development work on those significant extensions
probably will not commence before 2Q 2007, with a target
completion date of 4Q 2009.

3. Harvester data standard The TC or a sub-committee should
investigate developing a new standard for transferring data from
harvester on-board computer files to office and other locations.
The target completion date for assessment of the project is 4Q
2007 with a target completion date of 4Q 2009.

Anticipated Audience:

Primary consumers of the standards will include any company or
organisation in the forest industries which trades with, or
shares spatial data with a customer or supplier electronically,
as well as those who provide support or services to those


The TC shall conduct its business in English.

IPR Policy:

The TC will operate under the Royalty Free on Limited Terms mode
according to the OASIS IPR Policy.

=== Non-normative information regarding the startup of the TC: ===

Related Work:

While there are other OASIS TCs working on e-business standards,
there are none which are exclusively involved with the forest
industry. The development of eFIDS was based on a standard used
by Construction Industry Trading Electronically (CITE), which was
itself a subset of the UNEDIFACT standard.  Considerable
modification of the CITE standard was required to enable its use
in the forestry sector. eFIDS addresses a specific need, which is
not currently met through other OASIS standards. We believe the
GIS DTS to be unique, and it has been developed in conjunction
with ESRI (UK) from scratch. The TC is keen to liaise with other
work being done in the GIS area by the OASIS Emergency Management
TC, which may produce synergies. The Forestry Data TC will also
invite participation from the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC).
The eFIDS work will be coordinated with any applicable work
currently underway within UN/CEFACT, and liaise with any
appropriate international organizations to help to make the
standards as widely applicable as possible. The TC is also keen
to liaise with other standards organisations in the forestry
sector, such as PapiNet, who have developed standards in other
areas of the forest industry supply chain.

Anticipated Contributions:

eFIDS v1.0 and GIS DTS v1.0.  The two current standards have been
developed in an open environment, and are freely available for
use, royalty free, from their owner, ConFor (The Confederation of
Forest Industries UK).

Date and Time of First Meeting:

The first meeting of the Forestry Data TC will be a telephonic
meeting held at

1500 GMT/UTC on 18 October 2006.

The conference bridge information will be posted to the TC's
website, and will be sponsored by Scottish Enterprise.

On-going Meetings and Sponsors:

It is anticipated that the TC will meet via teleconference
quarterly, on a schedule and at a time determined by the TC
members during the TC's first meeting. Scottish Enterprise and
the other proposers are willing to sponsor conference bridge
facilities for meetings of the TC.

Proposers of the TC:

Bill Allison, bill.allison@bsw.co.uk, Individual member
Steve Atkins, steve.atkins@forestry.gsi.gov.uk, Forestry Commission,
Roger Coppock, roger.coppock@scotent.co.uk, Scottish Enterprise,
Ben Ditchburn, ben.ditchburn@forestry.gsi.gov.uk, Forestry
Chris Inglis, chris.inglis@forestryandtimber.org, ConFor

TC Convener:

Roger Coppock, roger.coppock@scotent.co.uk, Scottish Enterprise

Proposed Chair:

Chris Inglis, chris.inglis@forestryandtimber.org, ConFor


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