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[Fwd: FWD: Update: OpenSocial Spec Process and OpenSocial Foundation IPR]

From: Dan Brickley <danbri@danbri.org>
Date: Thu, 14 May 2009 16:50:54 +0200
Message-ID: <4A0C2FCE.4060708@danbri.org>
To: public-xg-socialweb@w3.org

Of interest re OpenSocial's standards-esque process. Fwd from the Open 
Web Foundation list. This is all about exploring lightweight mechanisms 
for producing standards or standards-like materials in an opensource 
project style. And also of interest re the actual progress of OpenSocial 
of course...



-------- Original Message --------
Subject: 	FWD: Update: OpenSocial Spec Process and OpenSocial Foundation IPR
Date: 	Thu, 14 May 2009 10:30:27 +1000
From: 	Dan Peterson <dpeterson@google.com>
Reply-To: 	open-web-discuss@googlegroups.com
To: 	open-web-discuss@googlegroups.com

Hi everyone,

I thought folks would here be interested to see how the OpenSocial
Foundation spec process + IPR structure has settled out. The 2 notes
forwarded below are my announcements to the OpenSocial spec community
which walk through the process at the high-level, and show how we're
handling the intellectual property rights (IPR).

In particular, I'd like to draw your attention to the OpenSocial spec
process document:

If there is interest, I'll see what I can do to write up a generic
version of the process document that could potentially evolve into the
open spec process guidelines for OWF. I know this is one of the core
documents that the OWF group is looking to put together. Full
disclosure: I'm heads down right now for at least a few weeks, but I'd
love to hear what people think and take that as feedback for writing a
generic version.

  From my own perspective, some things I want to consider adding into a
generic open spec process:

     * Notion for independent sub-components of the overall spec
     * Potential addition for "committers to the spec" (aka contributors
       with binding votes) [not to be added until is really necessary]

What do you think?


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: *Dan Peterson* <dpeterson@google.com <mailto:dpeterson@google.com>>
Date: Wed, May 13, 2009 at 9:34 PM
Subject: Re: Update: OpenSocial Spec Process and OpenSocial Foundation IPR
To: opensocial-and-gadgets-spec@googlegroups.com

Hey folks,

The online submission forms for the OpenSocial Foundation Contribution
Licensing Agreement (individual and corporate) and the OpenSocial
Foundation patent non-assert agreement are now available (as per
below). In addition, in the interest of transparency and ease of
shepherding, each form has a publicly viewable snapshot of its entries
(automatically sanitized so we're not publishing sensitive information
like phone numbers).

IMPORTANT: For those of you have contributed to OpenSocial's
specification, please review and submit the non-assert for all
OpenSocial versions you have contributed to (form #3).

The forms:

*1)* *OpenSocial Foundation Contribution License Agreement (For Individuals)
*    [from:

     * Submission Form:
     * Public Response Info:

*2)* *OpenSocial Foundation Contribution Licensing Agreement (For
Corporations and Other Legal Entities)*

     * Submission Form:
     * Public Response Info:

*3)* *OpenSocial Foundation Patent Non-Assertion Agreement*

     * Submission Form:
     * Public Response Info:

Going forward, for all future iterations of OpenSocial, all contributors
will need to submit the proper CLA prior to any shepherd reviewing or
incorporating your proposal(s). Of course, you're welcome to fill that
form out now, even before we kick off v.NEXT.

More details on the process are included in the forwarded note below,
and available at


On Fri, Apr 10, 2009 at 5:01 AM, Dan Peterson <dpeterson@google.com
<mailto:dpeterson@google.com>> wrote:

     Hi Everyone,

     With 0.9 out for a vote, I wanted to take a moment to refresh
     everyone on the progress we've made on the new revision of the
     OpenSocial spec process. I've gone ahead and migrated from the
     staged draft site[1] to the wiki, so you can see the official spec
     process here:

     Building on the last update I sent, I'm happy to report that
     the OpenSocial Foundation board of directors (and the associated
     legal team) have recently produced and approved the documents that
     "bookend" the updated intellectual property rights policy documented

     To be clear on the process:

     1) Contributors must submit the Contribution Licensing Agreement
     (CLA) prior to the community incorporating or even reviewing any
     spec proposals.

     2) For each final version, anyone who contributed must submit the
     Non-Assert Agreement. (For those unfamiliar with the general
     non-assertion process, the non-assert ensures that contributors
     grant developers the necessary rights to implement the OpenSocial

     This means that a contributor to many versions of OpenSocial will
     sign one CLA upfront, and would then submit a non-assert for each
     final version that he or she contributed to.

     The official legal documents:

         * Contribution Licensing Agreement (CLA):

               o (Corporate version:
         * Non-assert Agreement: http://www.opensocial.org/

     In the case of OpenSocial v0.9, while we didn't have the CLA in
     place prior to starting the 0.9 draft, all contributors must still
     submit the non-assert for the 0.9 final specification. To make this
     easier to manage and easier to submit, I'll go ahead and roll out
     the electronic submission forms and call for "signatures" when the
     spec goes final next week.

     (@Lane, seems like we should go ahead and redirect
     http://www.opensocial.org/Technical-Resources/spec-process over to
     it's new wiki home.)


     [1] -
     [2] - There were only small tweaks to sections 5.2 and 5.4 relative
     to the original publication at

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