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   OASIS TC Call For Participation: LegalXML eNotarization TC

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A new OASIS technical committee is being formed. The OASIS LegalXML
eNotarization Technical Committee has been proposed by the following
members of OASIS: Manoj Srivastava, Infomosaic Corporation; Pieter
Kasselman, Baltimore Technologies; Charles Gilliam, ContentGuard; Don
Bergeron, Lexis-Nexis; and John Messing, Daniel J. Greenwood, and
Rolly L. Chambers, Individual members.

The proposal for a new TC meets the requirements of the OASIS TC
Process (see http://oasis-open.org/committees/process.shtml), and is
appended to this message. The proposal, which includes a statement of
purpose, list of deliverables, and proposed schedule, will constitute
the TC's charter. The TC Process allows these items to be clarified
(revised) by the TC members; such clarifications (revisions), as well
as submissions of technology for consideration by the TC and the
beginning of technical discussions, may occur no sooner than the TC's
first meeting.

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 TC chair, John Messing (jmessing@law-on-line.com) of your intent
to participate at least 15 days prior to the first meeting; and 3)
attend the first meeting on 19 September. You should also subscribe to
the TC's mail list. Note that membership in OASIS TCs is by
individual, and not by organization. You must be eligible for
participation at the time you time you notify the chair.

The private mail list legalxml-enotary@lists.oasis-open.org is for
committee discussions. TC members as well as any other interested
OASIS members should subscribe to the list by going to the mail list
web page at http://lists.oasis-open.org/ob/adm.pl, or by sending a
message to legalxml-enotary-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 and attend the first meeting as described in
the preceeding paragraph.)

A public comment list legalxml-enotary-comment@lists.oasis-open.org
will be available for the public to make comments on the work of this
TC; the public may subscribe to this list by going to the mail list
web page at http://lists.oasis-open.org/ob/adm.pl, or by sending a
message to legalxml-enotary-comment-request@lists.oasis-open.org with
the word "subscribe" as the body of the message.

The archives of both of these mail lists are visible to the public at

Karl F. Best
OASIS - Director, Technical Operations
+1 978.667.5115 x206
karl.best@oasis-open.org  http://www.oasis-open.org

(i) The name of the Technical Committee is the OASIS LegalXML
eNotarization TC;

(ii) The specific purposes of this committee are:

1. to develop an agreed set of technical requirements to govern
self-proving electronic legal information, crafted with particular
attention to

  a. the historic policies and underlying legal doctrines governing
admissible and inadmissible evidence in legal  proceedings;

  b. the needs of legal documents suitable for real estate
acquisitions and sales; wills and estates;

  c. the needs for stable and enduring document retention policies in
light of electronic document and signature legislation;

  d. legal requirements for affidavits and interstate judgments and
court orders; and

  e. legal requirements for related administrative documents such as
automobile documents of title;

2. to determine the suitability of such existing or emerging standards
as the W3C/IETF DSIG and other technologies to the requirements
identified by the committee;

3. to abstract the common needs for self-proving electronic legal
information, with particular emphasis on e-commerce and e-government
over the Internet, from both Anglo-American and civil law

4. to put into context the historic requirement of signature
affixation in the  physical presence of the notary traditional in the
paper world; and

5. to produce a technical specification tailored to legal requirements
which works in conjunction with other existing and emerging technical
standards, particularly those being developed within the LegalXML
initiative and the related work of other legal and administrative
standards that have dependencies upon the legal enforceability of
electronic documents and signatures.

(iii) list of deliverables, with projected dates;

1. Within the first year of operation, to generate a General
Requirements Document for an eNotarization 1.0 specification, DTD
and/or Schema, which may include

  a. a proposed classification of legal evidentiary standards to be
expressed in suitable XML syntax for both common law and civil law
jurisdictions. This classification will consider existing and
traditional statutes and jurisprudence. It will be applicable to
identity determinations, evidentiary presumptions, burdens of
producing evidence, burdens of proof and persuasion,
self-authenticating documents and the respective functions of judges,
jurors and similar fact-finders. It will assist in the legal analysis
of electronic scientific information and similar and other pertinent
legal issues, as determined by the Technical Committee;

  b. a proposed classification of core and derivative eNotarization
functions to be met for electronically executed electronic documents;

  c. with regard to one or more specific technologies, a mapping of
some or all of the features of the technology to the classifications
and requirements identified by the Technical Committee;

  d. a ratings system to determine, within the classifications to be
developed, the nature or suitability of a particular set of technology
characteristics within the hierarchy of legal needs and solutions
identified by the Technical Committee.

2. Generate subsequently an eNotarization 1.0 Specification, DTD
and/or Schema based upon an approved General Requirements Document.

3. Reach a consensus on a definition for an interoperability testing
between technologies and legal information systems for the
eNotarization XML specification.

4. Receive and publish information about interoperability test

(iv) Language in which the TC will conduct business;

All business will be conducted in English.

(v) Date and time of the first meeting,

September 19, 2002 at 1700 hrs EDT. The meeting will be telephonic.

(vi) The meeting schedule for the year:

Technical Committee will hold at least one f2f per year and quarterly
meetings via telcon or f2f. The schedule will be set at the first TC

(vii) Names, electronic mail addresses, and membership affiliations of
at least three persons eligible for OASIS Technical Committee
Participation committed to the  stated meeting schedule

Manoj Srivastava, manoj@infomosaic.com, Infomosaic Corporation
Pieter Kasselman, pkasselman@baltimore.com, Baltimore Technologies
Daniel J. Greenwood, dang@mit.edu, Individual member
Rolly L. Chambers, rlchambers@justice.com, Individual member
Charles Gilliam, Charles.Gilliam@contentguard.com, ContentGuard.Inc.
Don Bergeron, Donald.Bergeron@lexisnexis.com, Lexis-Nexis
John Messing, jmessing@law-on-line.com, Individual member

(viii) TC chair:  John Messing

(ix) Phone meeting sponsor: Lexis-Nexis will be the sponsor of the
first call.

(x) Face-to-face meeting sponsors: to be announced.

(xi) Policies and procedures of the eNotarization Technical Committee

The eNotarization  Technical Committee will follow the operating rules
of OASIS and any operating rules adopted by the LegalXML Member
Section Steering Committee with the approval of OASIS management  and
the OASIS Board of Directors.  In addition, the Technical Committee
will abide by the following practices:

1.  All decisions will be made by consensus.

2.  All decisions made in face-to-face meetings will be subject to
ratification or rejection by the full membership of the Technical
Committee on the list serve.

3.  All email discussions concerning the technical work of the
Technical  Committee and its subcommittees will take place on OASIS
supported list serves.

4.  One member of the Technical Committee and of each subcommittee
will serve as ombudsman to monitor the public list for that entity and
provide input from the public list to the committee and subcommittee

5.  In no event shall this Technical Committee finalize or approve any
technical specification if it believes that the use, distribution, or
implementation of such specification would necessarily require the
unauthorized infringement of any third party rights known to the
technical committee, and such third party has not agreed to provide
necessary license rights on perpetual, royalty-free,
non-discriminatory terms.


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