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Subject: Confirming regarding OASIS-ETSI cooperation invitation

OASIS has a standing cooperation agreement ("memorandum of understanding") with ETSI, the European regional de jure standards organization for telecommunications, which also increasingly is active or interested in other technology areas.  The MoU lists areas where OASIS and ETSI, and their respective work groups, look for possible of cooperation and collaboration.  It be reviewed here:  http://webapp.etsi.org/AgreementView/AgreementDetail.asp?AgrID=98

The current table listing agreed areas of collaboration is here: http://webapp.etsi.org/AgreementView/Mapping_tables/Mapping_OASIS.htm

Recently ETSI entered into arrangements with some members of the imminently-closing localization consortium LISA, to carry over certain LISA projects into a new ETSI working group:  http://ttt.org/oscarStandards/   Many of you will be aware of this via your own previous contacts with LISA.  ETSI has asked OASIS to add a section to the list of cooperation areas in our MoU, to indicate potential collaboration on this topic.  

Appended below is the draft addition which we propose to send back to ETSI as an consensual amendment.  It's not entirely clear to us what the work plan for ETSI's new workgroup ("ISG") will become, but they are just starting out, so that's not remarkable.  At a minimum, though, it seems likely that further maintenance or versioning of LISA's established elemental localization standards -- TMX, SRX, etc. -- will be managed by this new ETSI panel.

A number of professionals in the field, including LISA's last director of standards Arle Lommel and our own OAXAL TC chair Andrzej Zydron, have written persuasively (at least in my personal view) that the optimal right future for those elemental functions is as part of a broader integratable architecture.  So long as our TCs pursue that goal, it seems likely that continued interface with the LISA work product will be mutually beneficial.  

Please note:  (1)  Listing the topic in the MoU does not commit or require any TC to take any specific technical action regarding LISA or ETSI work.  Rather, it is simply a commitment to communicate.  
(2) Each OASIS TC also specifically may create a liaison to the workgroup, under our usual policies, at its option:  http://www.oasis-open.org/policies-guidelines/liaison#tcliaison

Would any interested members please advise us within the next few days if they object to, or see any difficulties with, the proposed new language below?  Also, are there any specific messages or suggestions that we should pass along, institutionally as OASIS?  (Bearing in mind that all of our members also are free to comment in their own capacities.)

Thank you for your attention and consideration.  We very much appreciate your contributions to open data standards.

Cordially, JBC


Proposed area:

Proposed OASIS entries:

Proposed ETSI entries:
*  Localization Industry Standards (LIS) ISG 
James Bryce Clark, General Counsel
OASIS: Advancing open standards for the information society 


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