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Telecon Regrets and Potential Agenda Items

From: Phil Tetlow <philip.tetlow@uk.ibm.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Dec 2004 12:49:47 -0500
To: SWBPD <public-swbp-wg@w3.org>
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It’s my daughter’s Christmas play at school on Thursday, so I will be
unable to attend the scheduled telecom and would like to send my regrets.
Nevertheless, Jeff Pan has kindly agreed to handle Software Engineering
Task Force issues and, as such we would like to raise a couple of agenda
items for discussion:

1.    W3 rules on invited experts are still a little unclear. As outlined
on my earlier emails, my understanding is that a TF can list any number of
such experts so long as their individual, unique contribution and
cooperation can be justified and agreed. I have not personally seen any
rules restricting the number of such experts and hope that this can be made
clear and recorded.

Granted that one of the objectives of the SETF is the direct promotion of
the Semantic Web, I personally have an objective to involve as many
significant SE ‘players’ as possible – either directly via the TF or
indirectly through other routes – in order to generate impetus behind the
SW initiative. Being able to list these individuals on the TF ToR page
would surely present a significant marketing boost for the SW, whether they
participate regularly or not? So I guess a key question may well be: Does
this directly conflict with the ethos and/or commercial foundations of the
Working Group and the W3C? If not, does anyone have any ideas on how to
formally maintain appropriate decorum here? Rather forward questions, I
appreciate, but ones that may well be relevant.

So far I have been asked by Rick Robinson and David Mott (both IBM) if they
can participate as experts and I have gained agreement from Cliff Jones
(Newcastle University and VDM fame) and Bob Lojek (IBM – XSLT etc) for
their participation. I have also approached Tony Hoare (Microsoft)
informally, but have had no reply back yet. If anyone would like to
recommend further experts, please feel free, unless restricted by the
outcome of this proposed discussion on the telecon...

2.    Propose the creation of a new web page under the SETF to publicly
list validated ideas and uses for the Semantic Web in Software Engineering.
I further propose the expansion of  this page's remit to include links to
relevant publications and subject matter.

I will take a personal action to create, distribute for approval, and
maintain this page, if thats OK?

3.    Propose a monthly telecon specifically for the SETF. Suggested dates
and times would be appreciated from general members of the group, but if
nobody has any specific requirements, how about 19:00 UTC on the first
Tuesday of every month, starting next month?.

Kind Regards

Phil Tetlow
Senior Consultant
IBM Business Consulting Services
Mobile. (+44) 7740 923328
Received on Tuesday, 14 December 2004 17:46:19 UTC

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