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Re: Slides: 2014 Update - Community and Business Groups

From: Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
Date: Sun, 8 Jun 2014 16:31:50 -0400
Cc: public-council@w3.org
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To: Arthur Barstow <art.barstow@gmail.com>

On Jun 8, 2014, at 4:18 PM, Arthur Barstow <art.barstow@gmail.com> wrote:

> On 6/8/14 1:47 PM, Ian Jacobs wrote:
>> On Jun 6, 2014, at 5:21 PM, Wayne Carr <wayne.carr@linux.intel.com> wrote:
>>>> ArtB wrote:
>>>>> * #14 - I continue to think it was a mistake to call CG documents "specifications". Do we collectively feel the `ship has sailed` on this? If not, IMHO, changing the name to "reports" would be a better match and eliminate the confusion with WG specifications.
>>>> Deliverables of CGs are called "Reports". However we refer to them as specifications when they are.
>>>> So it's difficult to avoid using the term. A question we ask for certain proposed groups is whether they're going to work on a specification. When I conduct the surveys, I ask the chairs whether their group works on specs or are discussion groups.
>>> The W3C Community Contributor License Agreement (CLA) has patent licensing obligations for "Specifications".  The term is also used to refer to those in the Community process doc.  That indicates which Reports the patent section of the CLA applies to.  So, there needs to be some term to indicate which CG reports the patent licensing obligations apply to.
>> One goal we have is to review and revise all the materials to use "Report" as the term of art. That's in the todo list:
>>  http://www.w3.org/community/council/wiki/Cg_2013
> Why can't this be changed today? What are you waiting for?

There are a number of items in that todo list that will involve changes to the agreements. The ones I think will be most useful require additional resources and so they have not happened. I think the report/specification review is not particularly urgent, so rather than change the agreements multiple times, I'm hoping that we can do so just once. 


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