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[Web Standards Project] Re: Executive Summary + Conclusion added to whitepaper

From: Doug Schepers <notifications@webstandardsproject.grouphub.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Sep 2009 20:43:21 +0000
To: J Public <public-xg-owea@w3.org>
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Doug Schepers commented on a message:

   Hi, Folks-

   Sorry I've been AWOL... I've got a lot of deadlines looming.

   Just a quick note about what I discussed with Mauro last week
   regarding the whitepaper. I can expand on these points later.

     * As discussed, it would be best to send a high-level summary
       before tomorrow, even if it is rough ** more refined draft
       of the whitepaper can wait until later, if necessary * W3M
       will be discussing the agenda for their meeting retreat
       tomorrow morning ** the meeting itself will be September
       27-29 ** we can't guarantee that OWEA will be discussed in
       detail at the retreat, and almost certainly no decision will
       be made, but it will be good to have this on the table as
       part of the overall context of future plans within W3C

   Here is what W3M will want to see at this stage: * overview of
   membership levels, and how that might work within the existing
   W3C membership? * what deliverables OWEA will produce? * what is
   the desired (and realistic) timeframe for launching OWEA? * what
   are OWEA's structural needs (within W3C)? ** why is being a
   domain preferable over an activity? *** if it is for direct
   representation within W3M, what is that needed? *** what issues
   would that structure solve are they trying to solve? autonomy?
   what else? * what team resources will be needed from W3C in
   order to accomplish OWEA's goals? ** how many people, and how
   many hours? ** what particular skills? (I would suggest an
   IT/systems developer, a lawyer familiar with education,
   non-profits, and publishing, and a team contact or activity lead
   with product/project management experience and connections into
   the education world) ** would this come out of W3C's budget, or
   could OWEA bring resources to do this?

   One of the missions of W3M is to preserve the culture of W3C.
   This means that once we have a charter for OWEA, we have to
   stick to the terms of that charter, or recharter the activity...
   this is not to say that there can't be some flexibility in the
   charter, but it does need to be considered and built it. OWEA
   can grow into its evolving role, but the process for doing so
   must be followed for full accountability.

   Finally, some of the aspects of the draft whitepaper have
   connotation of being finalized, so we should soften that a bit
   to reflect what I know is the true tenor of this group... that
   we are laying out options, and emphasizing what seems optimal at
   the present time to meet OWEAs needs, but that it's all subject
   to examination and negotiation to find the best path forward. To
   that end, we might preface teh paper with just such a caveat, or
   introduce other interesting options that might fit better, just
   to demonstrate out good will and flexibility.

   As we all learn more about the intricacies of W3C policy (and
   the legal reasons behind them), I'm sure that other
   considerations will have to be taken into account, but
   establishing the right tone for involvement is important at this

   I've already made a few edits to the whitepaper materials, and
   I'll review it again tonight and try to highlight key points
   that are particularly relevant right now.

   But in the meantime... I must nap.

   Regards- -Doug Schepers W3C Team Contact, SVG and WebApps WGs


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