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Re: W3C Input to the United Nations "Enhanced Cooperation" Study

From: Jose M. Alonso <josema@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 6 Feb 2009 14:00:21 +0100
Cc: eGov IG <public-egov-ig@w3.org>, contact@webfoundation.org, Daniel Dardailler <danield@w3.org>
Message-Id: <173D6BD9-8513-48D6-8A6C-AF10BC62DBB6@w3.org>
To: Owen Ambur <Owen.Ambur@verizon.net>

Owen,

Although I'm not the one involved with this (as I said before), this  
is just a high level document part of a larger number of actions,  
including meetings, more detailed plans, etc.

As such, I think it accomplishes its goal well enough. I also think  
that some of your recommendations are well focused and could be taken  
into account (probably already in the agenda) when subsequent steps  
will be taken in the appropriate forums.

-- Jose



El 03/02/2009, a las 18:04, Owen Ambur escribió:
> Jose, through your message I learned of the Web Foundation.  While I  
> don't
> see a strategic plan on the Foundation's Web site, I inferred one  
> from the
> limited amount of information provided on the site.  It is the 200th
> nonprofit, public service organization plan in the StratML  
> collection, at
> http://xml.gov/stratml/index.htm#Nonprofits or, more specifically,
> http://xml.gov/stratml/WF.xml
>
> I have a few comments on this point in the W3C's input to the UN's  
> study:
> "Each professional community (techies, gov, civil society, industry)  
> should
> do what they are best at, and cooperate with other communities that  
> have
> different expertise."
>
> First, it is not enough simply to make statements like this, which
> constitute wishes and dreams at best and shifting responsibility to  
> others
> at worst.  What's needed are explicit (strategic) plans setting forth
> exactly what *each of us* plans to do *ourselves* to contribute toward
> pursuit of the vision.
>
> Second, like "communication" and "collaboration," "cooperation" is a  
> widely
> used euphemism. http://www.thefreedictionary.com/euphemism  While  
> "labeling"
> (giving a name) to a problem may be a necessary first step toward
> transforming it into an opportunity, all-too-often that is taken as a
> *substitute* for defining the issue in sufficient detail to enable a
> solution(s).  (My favorite definition of the term "complaint" is "an
> expression of a problem insufficient to effect action."
> http://ambur.net/index.html#quotes)
>
> Third, it seems that one of the things the W3C should be able to do  
> best is
> to assist in the specification of XML schemas (XSDs) that others can  
> use to
> "cooperate" more efficiently and effectively.  Toward that end, it  
> seems
> like an XSD for the description and discovery of standards on the  
> Web is one
> contribution the W3C ought to be able to make toward realization of  
> the term
> "cooperation".
>
> As you know, I also hope the W3C can help foster the specification  
> and use
> of AIIM's emerging StratML standard.  If we haven't even documented  
> exactly
> what it is that we ourselves are trying to accomplish, it is hard to  
> see how
> we can do it very well, and if we haven't documented it in readily  
> shareable
> (XML) format on the Web, it is hard to understand how we could  
> expect others
> to cooperate with us.
>
> Owen Ambur
> Co-Chair Emeritus, xmlCoP
> Co-Chair, AIIM StratML Committee
> Member, AIIM iECM Committee
> Invited Expert, W3C eGov IG
> Membership Director, FIRM Board
> Former Project Manager, ET.gov
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: public-egov-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:public-egov-ig-request@w3.org 
> ]
> On Behalf Of Jose M. Alonso
> Sent: Tuesday, February 03, 2009 7:56 AM
> To: eGov IG
> Subject: W3C Input to the United Nations "Enhanced Cooperation" Study
>
>
> All,
>
> I think this document can be of interest to you:
>
>   http://www.w3.org/2009/02/dd-unigf
>
> It was edited by my colleague Daniel Dardailler as input to a United
> Nations study and is oriented toward the topic of more participation
> from governments in W3C groups and other internet Open Standard  
> bodies.
>
> I hope it could serve at least as food for thought for agencies that
> are still wondering if they should participate more actively.
>
> Cheers,
> Jose.
>
> --
> Jose M. Alonso <josema@w3.org>    W3C/CTIC
> eGovernment Lead                  http://www.w3.org/2007/eGov/
>
>
>
>
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