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Re: The Vocabulary, Schema.org governance, etc.

From: Paola Di Maio <paola.dimaio@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Sep 2014 11:45:05 +0530
Message-ID: <CAMXe=SqbgRNHuei2oBeijtkCpFC_N91LNYbvBsrxN_uqR_a9zA@mail.gmail.com>
To: Renato Iannella <ri@semanticidentity.com>
Cc: Dan Brickley <danbri@google.com>, Peter Mika <pmika@yahoo-inc.com>, Guha <guha@google.com>, W3C Vocabularies <public-vocabs@w3.org>
Renato, glad you are making the point
(somebody has to do it)

Our  friends who now work for big search engines are doing this
with best intentions, I have no doubt, and the work is good and I am
grateful that they are graciously enganging in community participation via
this list

Business decisions  however are not made by the Dans, the Guhas and the
Peters in this world but by corporations they work for -
( a lot of these open and participatory initiatives are just window
dressing  giving the illusion of democracy and change, while decisions are
under the radar by the few anyway)

The community should be aware that somewhere down the line
employees retire/get sacked, and new employees take over, and corporations
make decisions for commercial interests of majority shareholders, even if
the current stakeholders are good natured, and promise not to do evil,
shareholders change, and things are turned around without anyone even

While I am confident the process at hand is good enough for the moment, it
could be wise to help the sponsors devise a less tricky
 ownership/copyright statement for the long term sustainability of the

Make suggestion for a more acceptable wording perhaps (would changing that
sentence satisfy your concern?),  and test how open  and participatory the
initiative really is :-)



On Wed, Sep 24, 2014 at 6:00 AM, Renato Iannella <ri@semanticidentity.com>

> You have misinterpreted the point Dan/Peter.
> We _all_ know things change - that's why an open and transparent
> Governance process is important.
> If something changes, then there is a clear and open process on why/how
> this is handled, and the impact to all stakeholders.
> The "with or without notice to you" approach - entrenched into the legal
> Terms of Service - is not such an open process.
> Cheers...
> Renato Iannella
> Semantic Identity
> http://semanticidentity.com
> Mobile: +61 4 1313 2206
Received on Wednesday, 24 September 2014 06:15:34 UTC

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