Draft Charter for the Open Document Format Adoption Technical Committee

Posted by tadelste on Dec 19, 2005 9:15 AM EST
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Following, you will find Gary's Email and Thread to the OpenDocument Adoption Technical Committee as forwarded.

From: Gary Edwards
Reply-To: gary.edwards@openstack.us
To: Tom Adelstein , Pamela Jones , Stephen O'Grady
Date: Dec 19, 2005 12:54 AM
Subject: Fwd: OpenDocument Adoption Technical Committee

Hi guys,

On Thursday i recieved the following message from OASIS concerning the formation of a new TC, "The OASIS ODF Adoption TC".  You'll note from the proposed charter that the new TC is geared to promotion and marketing of ODF.  

Please note also that The OpenDocument Foundation, inc., a USA 501c(3) non profit incorporated in California and duly registered with the IRS, is now open and ready to work on behalf of ODF.   Our project managers are lining up to join the OASIS ODF TC and OASIS ODF Adoption TC, pending completion of our OASIS non profit registration.  Should be done by Monday AM.

We ride to the sound of canons, through the dark of intrigue, murder and deceit.  But ride we will.


"Whiskey for my men and beer for our horses!  It's been another good day fighting evil forces"  :)

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Peter Roden <peter.roden@oasis-open.org>
Date: Dec 16, 2005 1:59 PM
Subject: OpenDocument Adoption Technical Committee
To: gary.edwards@opendocument.us


Thank you for agreeing to become one of the proposers of the OpenDocument Adoption Technical Committee.  OASIS welcomes The OpenDocument Foundation as our newest member, and looks forward to a successful launch of the OpenDocument Adoption TC.

You should be receiving email next week with the next steps.  

Please let me know if I can be of further service.


Peter Roden

Director of Technology Development


630 Boston Road

Billerica, MA 01821


+1 978 667 5115 Ext. 210 (Office)

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Draft Charter for the Open Document Format Adoption Technical Committee

Draft of TC Proposal 15.11.2005


Open Document Format Adoption TC


OASIS OpenDocument Format Adoption Technical Committee

Statement of Purpose:

The Open Document Format for Office Applications (OpenDocument) OASIS Standard defines an XML schema for office applications and its semantics. The schema is suitable for office documents, including text documents, spreadsheets, charts and graphical documents like drawings or presentations, but is not restricted to these kinds of documents. It defines suitable XML structures for office documents and is friendly to transformations using XSLT or similar XML-based tools. There are several commercial and open source applications available based on the OpenDocument Format, with more currently under development.

The purpose of the OASIS OpenDocument Format Adoption Committee is to drive demand for OpenDocument format compliance within organizations and governmental bodies through education and promotion and, secondarily, to provide market-based input regarding future development to the OASIS OpenDocument Technical Committee.

By advancing the adoption of OpenDocument within OASIS, the Committee members:

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 home of OpenDocument;
leverage the combined resources of all participants;
coordinate closely with the existing OASIS OpenDocument TC development team;
reinforce OpenDocument as the product of an open process (not a closed group of vendors); and
eliminate confusion of creating, governing, and promoting yet another coordinating body.

Working together, members of the OASIS OpenDocument Format Adoption Committee will provide expertise to educate the marketplace on the value of the OpenDocument format, increasing the demand for ODF-compliant products, and expanding the OpenDocument community of users, suppliers, and developers.


With the support of OASIS staff and in accordance with the OASIS Media Relations Policy, the Committee will assist in coordinating press and analyst relations such as briefings, releases, and announcements. The ODF Adoption TC will coordinate communications to the OpenDocument community through the OASIS and XML.org websites, collateral, newsletters, webinars, conferences, and other outreach venues.

In cooperation with the OASIS OpenDocument TC, the OASIS OpenDocument Format Adoption Committee may create white papers, FAQs, overview documents, case studies, user scenarios, and other educational materials. The Committee also may establish liaisons in accordance with the OASIS Liaison Policy with other organizations, government agencies, and academic institutes concerned with office applications to broaden awareness of OpenDocument. The Committee may also assist in coordinating the promotional efforts of members relating to OpenDocument, leveraging those activities wherever appropriate.  The Committee may work on proof-of-concept demonstrations to showcase how the OpenDocument Format can be integrated with other standards, for example using ODF, XFORMS and various Web service standards built using specific industry vocabularies, schemas and/or transaction sets.

This Committee will consist of volunteers from member organizations and will conduct teleconferences and occasional face-to-face meetings.

List of Deliverables :

Anticipated deliverables include:

XML.org OpenDocument Focus Area
White papers
Position papers
Case studies
Implementation guides
Proof-of-Concept demo scenarios

The XML.org OpenDocument Focus Area will be governed by an editorial board to be established by this committee and consist of members of OASIS. Content will include works created by the Committee, links to other third-party works, a wiki where users can contribute to a collection of best practices, forums, and other applications.


We anticipate the work of the OASIS OpenDocument [Format] Adoption TC will be used by a number of groups to learn more about OpenDocument:

End users
Corporate and governmental decision-makers

Software Developers
Potential members
Media and industry analysts


The TC will conduct its business in English.

==== [The following is informational only for the purposes of starting the TC, and will not be part of the TC's charter.]

[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 TC may consider, in consultation with the existing OpenDocument TC, to the creation of a Member Section that could be used as a focus for additional appropriate activities and potentially funded projects.

There is at least one other initiative, the Open Document Fellowship, that has been announced.

[b. Optionally, a list of contributions of existing technical work that the proposers anticipate will be made to this TC.]

None anticipated.

[c. The date and time of the first meeting, whether it will be held in person or by phone, and who will sponsor this first meeting.

(The first meeting may be held no sooner than 45 days after this proposal is submitted if the meeting is a teleconference, or 60 days for a face to face meeting.)]

Date: Time: Sponsor:

[d. 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.]

Initial proposed meeting schedule will be bi-weekly conference calls, as well as periodic face-to-face meetings.

[e. The names, electronic mail addresses, and membership affiliations of at least five Eligible Persons who support this proposal and are committed to the charter and projected meeting schedule. (Note: these people must be eligible, i.e. OASIS members, at the time the proposal is submitted.)]



Gary Edwards
OpenStack Business Systems
Redwood City, CA USA 94063
(650) 365-0899
(650) 888-2268 c.


Founding member of the OASIS OpenDocument TC, representing the OpenOffice.org Community

Founding member of the OpenDocument Fellowship and the OpenDocument Foundation - a USA 501c(3)

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