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  • Subject: Participate in Standards Development! Call for International Representative
  • From: Patrick Durusau <Patrick.Durusau@sbl-site.org>
  • Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2003 07:21:55 -0500
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So, you want to participate in standards development but want it to be:

1. Significant? (Can you say SGML/RELAX-NG/Topic Maps?)

2. Not terribly expensive? (How does $800 compare to 
$1,000/$2,750/$5,000/$13,000 or more per year?)

3. Really democratic? (As opposed to everyone votes but only one vote 

4. Represents the interests of the national IT industry? (As opposed to 
major members of the organization?)

Hmmmm, sounds like you need a membership in an INCITS committee like V1!

V1 is the US Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 34.

SC 34 is currently developing the next generation of markup language 
specifications of which RELAX-NG is an integral part, topic maps, which 
are now being used by the IRS and Social Security Administration and 
under consideration by other US governmental agencies. Websites using 
topic maps range from accounting to Italian opera to Japanese castles, 
see: http://easytopicmaps.com/index.php?page=TMDrivenSites.

You may have missed the SGML bandwagon that become the standard for the 
US Department of Defense, aerospace industry and scientific, technical 
and medical publishing and other uses but here is your chance to get in 
on the ground floor as it were in the development of these new standards.

The official call for the position of International Representative 
follows, written in more standards like prose. ;-) Please note that you 
need only be a representative of a US domiciled organization to be a 
member of V1 (US citizenship is not required). Membership in V1 is 
required for the International Representative position.

For the IR position, please respond to: Jennifer T. Garner Phone: (202) 
626-5737 email: jgarner@itic.org)

For more information on V1 see our homepage: 
http://www.incits.org/tc_home/v1.htm (under revision, see our working 
site for more current information: 

For INCITS membership information, see: http://www.incits.org/ (lower 
right panel on the webpage)

Please feel free to contact me at: Patrick.Durusau@sbl-site.org if you 
have any questions about INCITS/V1. (I may not know the answers but do 
know people at INCITS who will know the answers.)

Hope everyone is having a great day!


A second call for the position of International Representative for V1 
has been issued. (see the official call below, respond to Reply to: 
Jennifer T. Garner Phone: (202) 626-5737 email: jgarner@itic.org)

****************Official call text********************************
Due to the recent appointment of Mr. Patrick Durusau as Chairman of 
INCITS/V1, the office of V1 International Representative is currently 
vacant. This first call for volunteers to serve as International 
Representative of V1 closed without response on July 19, 2003.

This second call for volunteers to serve as International Representative 
of INCITS/V1 is being re-issued the the members of V1 and will close on 
November 29, 2003.

Any member of the INCITS Subgroup is welcome to volunteer to serve. 
Before one considers doing so, however, the commitment in time and 
responsibilities should be considered. Officers must actively support 
the administrative structure that ensures due process to all 
participants, assists in reaching consensus and protects the 
accreditation of the entire system. [There is no limit to the number of 
terms an individual may serve. There is a rule prohibiting one 
individual from being appointed to two or more offices of the same 
committee simultaneously.]

The INCITS/RD-2, Organization and Procedures of INCITS, generally 
describes officers' responsibilities, and a more detailed list of duties 
has been compiled in the INCITS/RD-8, Officers' Guide.

Those willing to make this commitment must submit three written 
statements in support of their candidacy:

    1. A one-page statement of experience, indicating the volunteer's 
expertise in the subgroup's program of work, voluntary standards 
efforts, committee experience and leadership abilities (to be forwarded 
to the INCITS Subgroup for an advisory ballot if there is more than one 

    2. A statement of management support for a three-year term on 
company letterhead acknowledging the additional workload, financial 
resources and duties required of an officer over and above that of a 
technical participant.

       The statement of management support for the three-year term is a 
good faith commitment, not a legal binding commitment. If future 
circumstances require the applicant to resign from the office before the 
term has been fulfilled, this will be accepted without prejudice.

    3. A statement as to whether or not the candidate is a 
representative of a U.S. domiciled organization.

Any supplemental materials will be forwarded along with the advisory 
ballot to INCITS, which appoints all INCITS Subgroup officers. The 
statements from candidates wishing to serve in the above referenced 
position on the INCITS Subgroup should be sent to the attention of 
Jennifer Garner no later than November 29, 2003.
*********************end official text******************************

Patrick Durusau
Director of Research and Development
Society of Biblical Literature
Chair, V1 - Text Processing: Office and Publishing Systems Interface
Co-Editor, ISO 13250, Topic Maps -- Reference Model

Topic Maps: Human, not artificial, intelligence at work!


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