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Subject: Re: OASIS TC Call For Participation: Topic Maps Published Subjects

Hello all

Now that the official process is launched, let me add a few words to this
Call for Participation.

First to address a round of thanks to ...
... Karl Best and Scott McGrath who have welcomed and facilitated this
initiative in OASIS framework,
... Eric Freese who has facilitated the smooth liaison between TopicMaps.Org
people and OASIS people,
... Murray Altheim, Hans Holger Rath and Steve Pepper who have cheerfully
and instantly jumped into that project,
... the "Round Table Knights" gathered in Montréal on August 18th, who
kindly nominated me as chair of that TC,
... and in general all the cheerful community of Topic Maps gurus, Ontology
addicts, XML hackers, Semantic Web freaks and various Knowledge engineers
that helped me through various forums, events, private contacts and
thoughtful papers to figure out that Published Subjects (alias PSI) were a
sufficiently important open field to be seriously ploughed.

So let's keep the good work going. The Charter that you have read (or can
read below) has been (on purpose) made short and non-verbose. I should
release ASAP a document setting more of the historical and technical
background, and pending issues that IMO this TC should tackle. Technical
requirements permitting, I hope to be able to use the official TC page
hosted by OASIS at

There is not much there still, but bookmark that address for future
developments. Meanwhile, for those who would like to know more on how I
consider the "subject", my paper and slides presentation at Extreme Markup
2001 are available at

You have about a month from now to figure if you want to join. Please feel
free to bring up comments and questions. Note that I cc this first message
to the general topic maps list, but won't do it anymore in the future. So if
you want to stay tuned, don't forget to suscribe to tm-pubsubj ... (see
below again)

Note a little typo in the projected dates. Second deliverable is scheduled
for March 2002 of course (not 2001)



Bernard Vatant - Consultant
Mondeca - "Making Sense of Content"

> A new OASIS technical committee is being formed. The OASIS Topic Maps
> Published Subjects Technical Committee has been proposed by the
> following members of OASIS: Bernard Vatant, Mondeca; Murray Altheim, Sun
> Microsystems; H. Holger Rath, empolis GmbH; and the Individual OASIS
> member Steve Pepper.
> The proposal for a new TC meets the requirements of the OASIS TC Process
> (see http://oasis-open.org/committees/process.shtml), and is appended to
> this message. The proposal, which includes a statement of purpose, list
> of deliverables, and proposed schedule, will constitute the TC's
> charter. The TC Process allows these items to be clarified (revised) by
> the TC members; such clarifications (revisions), as well as submissions
> of technology for consideration by the TC and the beginning of technical
> discussions, may occur no sooner than the TC's first meeting.
> To become a member of this new TC you must 1) be an employee of an OASIS
> member organization or an Individual member of OASIS; 2) notify the TC
> chair, Bernard Vatant (bernard.vatant@mondeca.com), of your intent to
> participate at least 15 days prior to the first meeting; and 3)
> participate in the first meeting on 30 October, 2001. You should also
> subscribe to the TC's discussion list. Note that membership in OASIS TCs
> is by individual, and not by organization. You must be eligible for
> participation at the time you time you notify the chair.
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> =================================================================
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> ==================================================================
> Name of the TC:
> The name of the technical committee is: OASIS Topic Maps Published
> Subjects Technical Committee
> Statement of purpose:
> This Technical Committee is set forth to promote the use of Published
> Subjects [1] by specifying recommendations, requirements and best
> practices, for their definition, management and application.
> This includes recommendations and requirements for:
> - Definition of Published Subjects
>   - Format/Syntax/Notation/Grammar
>   - Domain Identification
>   - Support for Communication Across Natural Language Barriers
>   - Defining the Mediation Between Different Community Ontologies
>        or Namespaces
>   - Documentation
> - Management of Published Subjects
>   - Registration/Repository and Online Publication Process
>   - Organizational Liason (e.g., liaison with ISO 3166 maintainer,
>        FAO authority, etc.)
>   - Update Frequency (e.g., how often the topic maps are updated)
>   - Registration Authority
> - Application of Published Subjects
>   - Examples Indicating Correct Usage
>   - Use of Published Subjects to Mediate Between Ontologies
> The TC will produce three Technical Reports, each focused upon one of
> the areas above. Applications include, but are not limited to the
> Semantic Web, Distributed Ontologies, Unified Classification Systems,
> Business Processes, Workflow, Search and Retrieval Tools, Knowledge
> Management, Diplomatic Communication, Cultural Dialogue, and various
> other disciplines and functions.
> Proposed list of deliverables and projected dates (subject to change):
> - Published Subjects TC Requirements Document (Nov 2001)
> - Recommendations, Requirements and Best Practices for the
>     Definition of Published Subjects (Mar 2001)
> - Recommendations, Requirements and Best Practices for the
>     Management of Published Subjects (May 2002)
> - Recommendations, Requirements and Best Practices for the Usage
>     of Published Subjects (Aug 2002)
> Language in which the TC will conduct business:
> English (speakers of other languages are encouraged to participate)
> Date, time and place of the first meeting (a teleconference):
>   Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2001; UTC 1600 (9am PST).
> Proposed meeting schedule for the first year :
>   Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2001; UTC 1600 (9am PST).
>   Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2001; UTC 1600 (9am PST).
>   Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001; UTC 1600 (9am PST).
>   Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2001; UTC 1600 (9am PST).
>   Dates for 2002 to be announced.
> Names and email addresses of proposing members (minimum three) :
> - Bernard Vatant, Mondeca  <bernard.vatant@mondeca.com>
> - Murray Altheim, Sun Microsystems, Inc. <murray.altheim@sun.com>
> - H. Holger Rath, empolis GmbH  <holger.rath@empolis.com>
> - Steve Pepper, <pepper@ontopia.net>
> Name of chair:
>   The name of the chair is:  Bernard Vatant
> Name of meeting sponsors (for both phone and face-to-face meetings):
> The chair.
> ------------------------------------------------------
> [1] The notion of Public Subject was defined in the ISO 13250 Topic Maps
> standard and further refined as Published Subject in the XML Topic Maps
> (XTM) 1.0 Specification.
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