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Subject: Re: UBL response to UN/CEFACT
Hello Ray, The team appointed by the OASIS UBL TC to negotiate the terms of a transition from OASIS to UN/CEFACT following the completion of UBL 1.0 wishes to make one very small change (one character!) to the proposal we submitted for your consideration at the CEFACT Forum in San Diego. Paragraph 6 of that proposal currently reads as follows: | 6. The OASIS UBL subcommittees shall transfer to UN/CEFACT as UBL | subcommittees of ATG2 chartered to continue development of | UN/CEFACT's document-centric XML syntax for | business-to-business electronic commerce. We would like to change "ATG2" in this passage to "ATG" in order to provide maximum flexibility in constituting the new organizational structure, in particular to provide for the possible creation of an ATG3 for UBL if ATG should decide that this alternative form of organization best fits its program of work. Which form to adopt would, of course, be up to the members of ATG to decide. I've appended below the complete text of our proposal with this change included. Best regards, Jon ================================================================== Revised Plan for Transfer of UBL to UN/CEFACT 13 March 2003; minor revision 17 May 2003 1. The development of UBL Naming and Design Rules and UBL Library Content shall continue in the current OASIS organizational structure until completion and OASIS standardization of Version 1.0 of the following items of work: the UBL Naming and Design Rules, the UBL component library, and an initial set of UBL document schemas. Completion of these work items is expected in 2Q2003 and OASIS standardization is expected in 3Q2003. It shall be the plan of the the OASIS UBL TC to complete these items in time to become ATG items of work at the meeting of the UN/CEFACT Forum in September 2003. 2. The UBL TC shall recommend to OASIS the creation of one or more short-term mailing lists for the direct input of comments from members of UN/CEFACT into the work of the UBL 1.0 specification. Interested UN/CEFACT members shall be invited to participate informally in UBL TC and technical subcommittee meetings. Input from UN/CEFACT members shall be given consideration to the fullest extent possible within the limits of UBL's current schedule, scope, and business requirements. 3. Upon completion of the initial set of deliverables and their publication as OASIS standards, OASIS shall grant UN/CEFACT an unlimited, perpetual, royalty-free license to continue development of the standards and to publish works derived from those standards as UN/CEFACT specifications. 4. Ownership of the UBL name and logo as applied to version 1.0 shall remain with OASIS; ownership of the UBL name and logo as applied to later versions of the work shall vest in UN/CEFACT. OASIS shall continue to distribute UBL 1.0 without charge to users but shall discontinue further development of the standard. UN/CEFACT shall publish future versions of UBL without charge to users. If UN/CEFACT fails to publish a version of UBL as a UN-sanctioned standard within one year of the date on which this agreement takes effect, or if UN/CEFACT at any future time transfers development of UBL to some third party or terminates its continuing development and maintenance of UBL as a freely available standard, then OASIS shall have the right to resume further development of UBL using the UBL name and logo. 5. UBL shall be formally recognized as UN/CEFACT's preferred document-centric XML syntax for business-to-business electronic commerce. 6. The OASIS UBL subcommittees shall transfer to UN/CEFACT as UBL subcommittees of ATG chartered to continue development of UN/CEFACT's document-centric XML syntax for business-to-business electronic commerce. 7. This plan shall become effective when approved by UN/CEFACT, OASIS, and the OASIS UBL Technical Committee.