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"procurement", was Re: Quick review of the BP doc

From: Sandro Hawke <sandro@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 20 Nov 2013 07:42:53 -0500
Message-ID: <528CAE4D.3040103@w3.org>
To: public-gld-wg@w3.org
On 11/20/2013 07:23 AM, Dave Reynolds wrote:
> On 20/11/13 11:57, Phil Archer wrote:
>> Bernadette, Boris, Ghislain,
>> The procurement checklist is very US-centric ('federal-wide') is the
>> give away ;-) But the thing that's missing from the list is use of open
>> standards. I would add:
>> * Does the software use open standards for data exchange?
>> * Is the service replaceable with a competing service with a minimum of
>> disruption? (i.e. avoid vendor lock-in).
> I have lost track of the number of times I have objected to the 
> procurement section being in there at all.  My position on that has 
> not changed.

And just to remind folks, it's there because of a misunderstanding, for 
which I have to accept some blame.    In writing the Charter section on 
Best Practices, I gave the first item the heading "Procurement", which 
suggests that section might be best practices about procurement, like 
the text currently in BP.

A very careful reading reveals that charter heading is misleading, and 
the Best Practice actually requested there is: a set of definitions for 
the products and services a government is likely to need to procure if 
it wants to publish Linked Data.    EG a "Linked Data Server".  When 
developing the charter, this was something that had a lot of support, 
since writing these definitions anew each time is apparently a huge pain 
point for gov't folks.   I can imagine vendors might like a fixed set as 

Oh well.   Sorry the heading was misleading.   :-(

Also, I note the bp is still using an obsolete version of respec; that 
will need to be fixed before it can be published.   (see 
http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-gld-wg/2013Nov/0003.html )

     -- Sandro
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