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Subject: OASIS Call for Participation: DITA Adoption Technical Committee
To: OASIS members & interested parties A new OASIS technical committee is being formed. The OASIS DITA Adoption 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 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. Regards, Mary --------------------------------------------------- Mary P McRae Manager of TC Administration, OASIS email: email@example.com web: www.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=dita-adoption] CALL FOR PARTICIPATION OASIS DITA Adoption TC Name: OASIS DITA Adoption Technical Committee Statement of Purpose: The OASIS DITA Adoption Technical Committee members will collaborate to provide expertise and resources to educate the marketplace on the value of the DITA OASIS standard. By raising awareness of the benefits offered by DITA, the DITA Adoption Technical Committee expects the demand for, and availability of, DITA conforming products and services to increase, resulting in a greater choice of tools and platforms and an expanded DITA community of users, suppliers, and consultants. Since DITA adoption is stronger in the US than in the rest of the world, especially the European Union, the Technical Committee will actively solicit participation from non-US members and help to facilitate providing information promoting DITA adoption globally. The DITA Adoption TC intends to appoint an individual who is an active, voting member of both TCs to serve as a liaison to the DITA TC, to actively communicate the work of the Adoption TC, and to request the assistance of the DITA TC on technical issues concerning the specification. Through the liaison, the DITA Adoption TC is encouraged to bring issues to the DITA TC concerning user needs in improving the specification. The DITA TC is encouraged to bring issues to the DITA Adoption TC concerning the use cases or user scenarios around proposed changes and enhancements to the specification, as well as suggestions for other adoption-related work. By advancing the adoption of DITA through OASIS, the Technical Committee will: . Collaborate within the security of the OASIS open process . Maximize message credibility by working on behalf of a vendor-neutral standards consortium . Build on existing market awareness of OASIS as the source of DITA . Leverage the combined resources of all participants . Reinforce DITA as the result of an open, transparent process guided by multiple vendors, communities, and individuals . Openly share content and coordinate program execution with other entities that share a common or similar statement of purpose on a worldwide scope . Actively solicit participation from members outside North America and help to facilitate the provision of information promoting DITA adoption globally Scope of Work: OASIS DITA Adoption Technical Committee activities may extend to any of the following activities: . Oversee the DITA XML.org Focus Area . Review and ensure accuracy of DITA references in commonly used resources such as Wikipedia . Host educational, vendor-neutral webinars . Organize vendor-neutral workshops and tracks at OASIS events and other conferences . Produce OASIS-branded primers, white papers, position papers, slide presentations, datasheets, and other collateral . Develop best practice guidelines . Establish liaisons with other organizations who may assist in building awareness of DITA, and promoting DITA in a variety of user communities . Assist in coordinating promotional efforts of members, leveraging activities wherever beneficial . Assist in coordinating press and analyst relations such as briefings, releases, and announcements . Encourage and coordinate volunteer efforts to translate the DITA specification and other committee documents into other languages . Interface with other TCs to define how DITA can be best integrated with other standards to address specific scenarios . Stage interoperability and/or proof-of-concept demonstrations at industry conferences . Other projects aimed at increasing adoption as identified by Committee Members . Other activities that are considered appropriate to forwarding the goals of the Technical Committee. The OASIS DITA Adoption Technical Committee will refer suggestions and requests for changes to and clarification of the DITA Specification to the existing DITA Technical Committee. List of Deliverables: . First best practice issued within 6 months of formation. . First webinar produced jointly with the SVG Technical Committee and the DITA Translation Subcommittee and sponsored by OASIS. . Ongoing maintenance of the DITA.xml.org Focus Area . Additional materials supportive of the above scope. The OASIS DITA Adoption Technical Committee is an on-going activity with no specific end date for its activities established in advance. IPR Mode: Royalty-Free on limited terms Anticipated Audience/Users: Anyone involved in the implementation of the OASIS DITA standard in their own organizations, including information-development managers, content creators and distributors, consultants supporting implementations, and vendors providing tools to support content development and distribution. Language in which the TC will conduct business: English (2) Non-normative information regarding the startup of the TC, which includes: (2)(a) Identification of similar or applicable work that is being done in other OASIS TCs or by other organizations, why there is a need for another effort in this area and how this proposed TC will be different, and what level of liaison will be pursued with these other organizations. The DITA Adoption Technical Committee is closely allied with the DITA Technical Committee. The DITA TC is responsible for the development, maintenance, and enhancement of the DITA specification. As such, the DITA TC concentrates on clearly defining and developing the technical content of the specification. It also supports the work of several subcommittees that are creating specifications for industry-specific specializations of the DITA specification. The DITA Adoption TC concentrates on the promotion of the DITA standard to the global user community, helping to encourage DITA adoption in new industries, new areas of content creation, and new organizations. To this end, the DITA Adoption TC's focus is on building public awareness of the standard, educating potential users in the standard, and ensuring that miscommunications that may exist are quickly corrected. The DITA Adoption TC intends to appoint an individual who is an active, voting member of both TCs to serve as a liaison to the DITA TC, to actively communicate the work of the Adoption TC, and to request the assistance of the DITA TC on technical issues concerning the specification. Through the liaison, the DITA Adoption TC may bring issues to the DITA TC concerning user needs in improving the specification. The DITA TC will be encouraged to bring issues to the DITA Adoption TC concerning the use cases or user scenarios around proposed changes and enhancements to the specification, as well as suggestions for other adoption-related work. (2)(b) The date, time, and location of the first meeting, whether it will be held in person or by telephone, and who will sponsor this first meeting. 28 July 2008 11:00 am ET The TC will use a free conference service for its teleconferences. (2)(c) The projected on-going meeting schedule for the year following the formation of the TC, or until the projected date of the final deliverable, whichever comes first, and who will be expected to sponsor these meetings. The DITA Adoption TC plans to hold regular monthly meetings unless increased work requires more frequent meetings. Much of the Adoption TC work is expected to occur through small working groups, such as a working group responsible for updating and monitoring the dita.xml.org website as an ongoing activity. (2)(d) The names, electronic mail addresses, and membership affiliations of at least Minimum Membership who support this proposal and are committed to the Charter and projected meeting schedule. JoAnn Hackos, Comtech Joann.firstname.lastname@example.org Gershon Joseph, Associate Gershon.email@example.com Troy Klukewich, Oracle Troy.Klukewich@oracle.com Kay Whatley, Individual firstname.lastname@example.org Kristen Eberlein, Individual email@example.com Tony Self, Associate firstname.lastname@example.org Bob Doyle, Associate email@example.com Bryan Schnabel, Individual firstname.lastname@example.org Michael Priestley, IBM email@example.com Debra Bissantz, LSI Logic firstname.lastname@example.org Frank Miller, Comtech Frank.email@example.com Rene Gedaly, Individual firstname.lastname@example.org Chona Shumate, Individual Chona_Shumate@Cymer.com (2)(e) The name of the Convener who must be an Eligible Person. JoAnn Hackos Joann.email@example.com (2)(f) The name of the Member Section with which the TC intends to affiliate, if any. None (2)(g) Optionally, a list of contributions of existing technical work that the proposers anticipate will be made to this TC. None (2)(h) Optionally, a draft Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document regarding the planned scope of the TC, for posting on the TC's website. To be provided at a later date. (2)(i) Optionally, a proposed working title and acronym for the specification(s) to be developed by the TC. None.
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