17.362 call for participation in standards development

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk)
Date: Thu Oct 30 2003 - 01:45:06 EST

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 17, No. 362.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                         Submit to: humanist@princeton.edu

             Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2003 06:17:37 +0000
             From: Patrick Durusau <Patrick.Durusau@sbl-site.org>
             Subject: Participate in Standards Development! Call for
    International Representative


    So, you want to participate in standards development but want it to be:

    1. Significant? (Can you say SGML/RELAX-NG/Topic Maps?)
    2. Not terribly expensive? (How does $800 compare to
    $1,000/$2,750/$5,000/$13,000 or more per year?)
    3. Really democratic? (As opposed to everyone votes but only one vote counts?)
    4. Represents the interests of the national IT industry? (As opposed to
    major members of the organization?)

    Hmmmm, sounds like you need a membership in an INCITS committee like V1!

    V1 is the US Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 34.

    SC 34 is currently developing the next generation of markup language
    specifications of which RELAX-NG is an integral part, topic maps, which are
    now being used by the IRS and Social Security Administration and under
    consideration by other US governmental agencies. Websites using topic maps
    range from accounting to Italian opera to Japanese castles, see:

    You may have missed the SGML bandwagon that become the standard for the US
    Department of Defense, aerospace industry and scientific, technical and
    medical publishing and other uses but here is your chance to get in on the
    ground floor as it were in the development of these new standards.

    The official call for the position of International Representative follows,
    written in more standards like prose. ;-) Please note that you need only be
    a representative of a US domiciled organization to be a member of V1 (US
    citizenship is not required). Membership in V1 is required for the
    International Representative position.

    For the IR position, please respond to: Jennifer T. Garner Phone: (202)
    626-5737 email: jgarner@itic.org)

    For more information on V1 see our homepage:
    http://www.incits.org/tc_home/v1.htm (under revision, see our working site
    for more current information: http://www.incits.org/tc_home/v1htm/v1.htm)

    For INCITS membership information, see: http://www.incits.org/ (lower right
    panel on the webpage)

    Please feel free to contact me at: Patrick.Durusau@sbl-site.org if you have
    any questions about INCITS/V1. (I may not know the answers but do know
    people at INCITS who will know the answers.)

    Hope everyone is having a great day!


    A second call for the position of International Representative for V1 has
    been issued. (see the official call below, respond to Reply to: Jennifer T.
    Garner Phone: (202) 626-5737 email: jgarner@itic.org)

    ****************Official call text********************************
    Due to the recent appointment of Mr. Patrick Durusau as Chairman of
    INCITS/V1, the office of V1 International Representative is currently
    vacant. This first call for volunteers to serve as International
    Representative of V1 closed without response on July 19, 2003.

    This second call for volunteers to serve as International Representative of
    INCITS/V1 is being re-issued the the members of V1 and will close on
    November 29, 2003.

    Any member of the INCITS Subgroup is welcome to volunteer to serve. Before
    one considers doing so, however, the commitment in time and
    responsibilities should be considered. Officers must actively support the
    administrative structure that ensures due process to all participants,
    assists in reaching consensus and protects the accreditation of the entire
    system. [There is no limit to the number of terms an individual may serve.
    There is a rule prohibiting one individual from being appointed to two or
    more offices of the same committee simultaneously.]

    The INCITS/RD-2, Organization and Procedures of INCITS, generally describes
    officers' responsibilities, and a more detailed list of duties has been
    compiled in the INCITS/RD-8, Officers' Guide.

    Those willing to make this commitment must submit three written statements
    in support of their candidacy:

         1. A one-page statement of experience, indicating the volunteer's
    expertise in the subgroup's program of work, voluntary standards efforts,
    committee experience and leadership abilities (to be forwarded to the
    INCITS Subgroup for an advisory ballot if there is more than one candidate).

         2. A statement of management support for a three-year term on company
    letterhead acknowledging the additional workload, financial resources and
    duties required of an officer over and above that of a technical participant.

            The statement of management support for the three-year term is a
    good faith commitment, not a legal binding commitment. If future
    circumstances require the applicant to resign from the office before the
    term has been fulfilled, this will be accepted without prejudice.

         3. A statement as to whether or not the candidate is a representative
    of a U.S. domiciled organization.

    Any supplemental materials will be forwarded along with the advisory ballot
    to INCITS, which appoints all INCITS Subgroup officers. The statements from
    candidates wishing to serve in the above referenced position on the INCITS
    Subgroup should be sent to the attention of Jennifer Garner no later than
    November 29, 2003.
    *********************end official text******************************

    Patrick Durusau
    Director of Research and Development
    Society of Biblical Literature
    Chair, V1 - Text Processing: Office and Publishing Systems Interface
    Co-Editor, ISO 13250, Topic Maps -- Reference Model

    Topic Maps: Human, not artificial, intelligence at work!

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