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OASIS TC Call For Participation: Human Markup

A new OASIS technical committee is being formed. The OASIS Human Markup
Technical Committee has been proposed by the following Individual
members of OASIS: Ranjeeth Kumar Thunga, Joseph Winslow Norris, Emmanuil
Batsis, Andrew Reitemeyer, Sean B. Palmer, and Rex Brooks.

The proposal for a new TC meets the requirements of the OASIS TC
process, and is appended to this message.

To become a member of this new TC you must 1) be an employee of an OASIS
member organization or an Individual member of OASIS, 2) notify the
committee chair, Ranjeeth Kumar Thunga (rkthunga@humanmarkup.org) of
your intent to participate at least 15 days prior to the first meeting,
and 3) participate in the first meeting on 17 Spetember, 2001. You
should also subscribe to the TC's discussion list. (For the procedure
for joining after the first meeting see the TC process at
http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/process.shtml.) Note that
membership in OASIS TCs is by individual, and not by organization.

The mail list humanmarkup@lists.oasis-open.org is for committee
discussions. TC members as well as any other interested OASIS members
should subscribe to the list. Do this by sending a message to
humanmarkup-request@lists.oasis-open.org with the word "subscribe" as
the body of the message. (Note that subscribing to the mail list does
not make you a member of the TC; to become a member you must contact the
TC chair as described in the preceeding paragraph.) A public comment
list humanmarkup-comment@lists.oasis-open.org will be available for the
publlic to make comments on the work of this TC.

Karl F. Best
OASIS - Director, Technical Operations
978.667.5115 x206
karl.best@oasis-open.org  http://www.oasis-open.org

Name of the TC

HumanMarkup Technical Committee

Statement of purpose

The HumanMarkup Technical Committee is set forth to develop and promote
the Human Markup Language and related efforts.  These recommendations
function to allow the conveyance of human characteristics through XML.

HumanML is set forth to be an XML Schema and RDF Schema specification,
containing sets of modules which frame and embed contextual human
characteristics including cultural, social, kinesic, psychological, and
intentional features within conveyed information.

Other efforts within the scope of the HumanMarkup TC include messaging,
style, alternate schemas, constraint mechanisms, object models, and
repository systems, which will address the overall concerns of both
representing and amalgamating human information within data.

The result will be proposed specifications which have the potential to
reduce human misinterpretation and allow much deeper human expression.
Applications include, but are not limited to Virtual Reality, Conflict
Resolution, Psychotherapy, Art, Workflow, Advertising Systems, Cultural
Dialogue, Diplomatic Communication, Business Negotiation, and various
other disciplines and functions.

The website for previous work is located at http://www.humanmarkup.org.
It contains the work done-to-date of the following documents, including:

  Website & related information
  First Draft Schema (XML and RDF)
  Various Diagrams, explanatory documents
  Examples of HumanML

The archive for previous discussion can be found on

Proposed list of deliverables and projected dates (subject to change) :

   HumanMarkup Class Hierarchy -- 09/30/01
   HumanMarkup Executive Whitepaper Working Draft -- 10/30/01
   HumanMarkup Technical Whitepaper Working Draft -- 10/30/01
   HumanML_Write/Editor Application beta -- 10/30/01
   HumanMarkup HumanML-XML Schema Modules beta -- 10/30/01
   HumanMarkup Constraints/Genre Document -- 11/15/01
   HumanMarkup HumanML-RDF Schema Modules beta -- 11/30/01
   HumanMarkup Human.Frameworks Specification -- 11/30/01
   HumanMarkup Messaging Specification -- 11/30/01
   HumanML_Messaging Application beta -- 11/31/01
   HumanMarkup Style Best Practices -- 12/31/01
   HumanMarkup Human.Repository Specification -- 12/31/01

Language in which the TC will conduct business :


Date, time and place of the first meeting :

    9/17/01 -- teleconference, arranged by the chair

Proposed meeting schedule for the first year :

    Every 3 weeks starting with 9/17/01

Names and email addresses of proposing members (minimum three) :

   Ranjeeth Kumar Thunga rkthunga@humanmarkup.org
   Joseph Winslow Norris jwnorris@humanmarkup.org
   Emmanuil Batsis m.batsis@bsnet.gr
   Andrew Reitemeyer virtuum@t-online.de
   Sean B. Palmer sean@mysterylights.com
   Rex Brooks rexb@starbourne.com

Name of chair : Ranjeeth Kumar Thunga

Name of meeting sponsors (for both phone and face-to-face meetings) :
the chair