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OASIS OpenDocument Format Adoption TC

Announcement for OASIS OpenDocument Format Adoption Technical Committee

Date:      Fri, 24 Feb 2006 23:19:57 -0800
From:      James Bryce Clark <>
Subject:   OASIS TC Call for Participation: OASIS OpenDocument Format Adoption TC

A new OASIS technical committee is being formed. The OASIS OpenDocument Format (ODF) Adoption Technical Committee has been proposed by the members of OASIS listed below. The proposal, below, meets the requirements of the OASIS TC Process [a]. The TC name, statement of purpose, scope, list of deliverables, audience, and language specified in the proposal will constitute the TC's official charter. Submissions of technology for consideration by the TC, and the beginning of technical discussions, may occur no sooner than the TC's first meeting.

This TC will operate under our 2005 IPR Policy [b]. The eligibility requirements for becoming a participant in the TC at the first meeting (see details below) are that:

  1. you must be an employee of an OASIS member organization or an individual member of OASIS
  2. the OASIS member must sign the OASIS membership agreement [c]
  3. you must notify the TC chair of your intent to participate at least 15 days prior to the first meeting, which members may do by using the "Join this TC" button on the TC's public page at [d]
  4. you must attend the first meeting of the TC, at the time and date fixed below

Of course, it also will be possible to join the TC at a later time. We welcome all interested parties: the work of our TCs always is improved by broad participation.

Non-OASIS members who wish to participate may contact us about joining OASIS [c]. In addition, the public is welcome to take advantage of the public resources maintained for each TC: a mail list archive, document repository and public comments facility, which will be linked to the TC's public home page at [d].

Further information generally related to the topic area addressed by this TC may be found on the Cover Pages at "Open Document Format for Office Applications (OpenDocument)", at:

Please feel free to forward this announcement to any other appropriate lists. OASIS is an open standards organization; we encourage your feedback. Kind regards JBC

James Bryce Clark
Director, Standards Development, OASIS

[c] See

OASIS ODF Adoption TC Charter

TC Name

OASIS OpenDocument Format Adoption Technical Committee (ODF Adoption TC)

Statement of Purpose

The OpenDocument Format for Office Applications (OpenDocument) OASIS Standard defines an XML schema for office applications and its semantics. The schema is suitable for office documents, including text documents, spreadsheets, charts and graphical documents like drawings or presentations, but is not restricted to these kinds of documents. It defines suitable XML structures for office documents and is friendly to transformations using XSLT or similar XML-based tools. There are several commercial and open source applications available based on the OpenDocument Format, with more currently under development.

The purpose of the OASIS OpenDocument Format Adoption Committee is to create awareness and demand for a new class of applications and solutions designed specifically to support and leverage OpenDocument XML. The Adoption Committee will dedicate its energy and resources to create wide scale understanding of the benefits of OpenDocument format support within organizations and governmental bodies through education and promotion. The Adoption Committee will align and support the activities of the OASIS OpenDocument Technical Committee by providing market-based requirements. These requirements will help guide future development of the OpenDocument specification by the OASIS OpenDocument Technical Committee.

By advancing the adoption of OpenDocument within OASIS, the Committee members:

  • collaborate within the security of the OASIS open process
  • maximize message credibility by working on behalf of a vendor-neutral standards consortium
  • build on existing market awareness of OASIS as the home of OpenDocument
  • leverage the combined resources of all participants
  • coordinate closely with the existing OASIS OpenDocument TC development team
  • reinforce OpenDocument as the result of an open, transparent process guided by multiple vendors, communities and individuals
  • openly share content, and coordinate program execution with other entities that share a common or similar statement of purpose on a worldwide scope

Working together, members of the OASIS OpenDocument Format Adoption Committee will provide expertise and resources to educate the marketplace on the value of the OpenDocument format, increasing the demand for ODF-conforming products, and expanding the OpenDocument community of users, suppliers, and developers.

Scope of Work

With the support of OASIS staff and in accordance with the OASIS Media Relations Policy, the Committee will assist in coordinating press and analyst relations such as briefings, releases, and announcements. The ODF Adoption TC will coordinate communications to the OpenDocument community through the OASIS and websites, collateral, newsletters, webinars, conferences, and other outreach venues.

In cooperation with the OASIS OpenDocument TC, the OASIS OpenDocument Format Adoption Committee may create white papers, FAQs, overview documents, case studies, user scenarios, and other educational materials. The Committee also may establish liaisons in accordance with the OASIS Liaison Policy with other organizations, government agencies, and academic institutes concerned with office applications to broaden awareness of OpenDocument. The Committee may also assist in coordinating the promotional efforts of members relating to OpenDocument, leveraging those activities wherever appropriate. The Committee may work on proof-of-concept demonstrations to showcase how the OpenDocument Format can be integrated with other standards, for example using ODF, XFORMS, UBL and various Web service standards built using specific industry vocabularies, schemas and/or transaction sets.

This Committee will consist of volunteers from member organizations and will conduct teleconferences and occasional face-to-face meetings.


Anticipated deliverables with target delivery dates include:

  • OpenDocument Focus Area (3Q/2006)
  • White papers (3Q/2006)
  • Position papers (3Q/2006)
  • Case studies (4Q/2006)
  • Presentations (3Q/2006)
  • Webinars (3Q/2006)
  • FAQs (3Q/2006)
  • Proof-of-Concept demo scenarios and templates (4Q/2006)

The OpenDocument Focus Area will be governed by an editorial board to be established by this committee and consist of members of OASIS. Content will include works created by the Committee, links to other third-party works, a wiki where users can contribute to a collection of best practices, forums, and other applications.

IPR Mode

RF on Limited Terms

Anticipated Audience/Users

We anticipate the work of the OASIS OpenDocument Format Adoption TC will be used by a number of groups to learn more about OpenDocument:

  • End users
  • Corporate and governmental decision-makers
  • Software Developers
  • Potential members
  • Media and industry analysts

Language in which the TC will conduct business

The TC will conduct its business in English.


Informational Material (not part of the TC's charter)

Related Work

The TC will interoperate with and support, but not duplicate the functions of the existing OASIS OpenDocument TC. External to OASIS there are 2 other initiatives, in various states of activity and visibility; the Open Document Fellowship, and the Open Document Foundation. Messages need to be aligned and consistent.

Anticipated Contributions

None anticipated.

First Meeting

Date:         March 28, 2006
Time:         11:00 a.m. EST (UTC -5)
Type:         Teleconference:  we anticipate committee members will be resident in
                 many timezones across the globe.
Call-in data: To be announced to sign-up list
Sponsor:      IBM

Meeting Schedule

Initial proposed meeting schedule will be bi-weekly conference calls, as well as periodic face-to-face meetings.

A face-to-face meeting will be held at the OASIS Symposium, May 11th or 12th, 2006 in San Francisco, CA, USA.


TC Convener

Don Harbison, IBM,

Proposed TC chair(s)

Don Harbison, IBM,

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See related references in "Open Document Format for Office Applications (OpenDocument)."

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