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Robin Cover wrote:
> On Fri, 30 Apr 2004, Michael Kay wrote:
> > >   Look, the whole issue of openness is really a red
> > >   herring. I can say that my process is completely open
> > >   and anyone in the world can participate. But let's
> > >   schedule my meetings every quarter and once in Tokyo
> > >   and once in Berlin and once in Vienna and once in
> > >   Vancouver and once in Washington. Effectively only
> > >   the biggest players in the world can play. So, making
> > >   it open, but making it infeasible to participate means
> > >   it is, in effect, not open.
> >
> > But it's more open than the only alternative which is to hold 90% of your
> > meetings in the same continent.
> >
> > Michael Kay
> Yes, of course, from one perspective; but requiring a lot of
> F2F meetings on various continents effectively discriminates
> against participants in *all* regions if they cannot afford
> international travel.
> Use of the Internet (less so, telephone) is of great assist,
> for the S/standards orgs that are willing to allow the
> bulk of the real work, and voting, to be done electronically.

If I'm not mistaken, OASIS management clarified yesterday during one of
our TC meetings at the Symposium that calling in to a F2F meeting is
equivalent to being present in person, from OASIS' participation

Kind Regards,
Joe Chiusano
Booz | Allen | Hamilton
Strategy and Technology Consultants to the World

> It's no help at all if the companies who control the
> meeting agenda deliberately set up essential F2F meetings
> on various continents with the deliberate goal of excluding
> participation by small(er) companies and individuals.
> If someone said "a lot of international-scale standards work
> still tends to be US-centric," I would probably agree.
> -r
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Kind Regards,
Joseph Chiusano
Booz | Allen | Hamilton


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