Increasing Ownership: was Re: [sc34wg3] Draft agenda for Montreal meeting

Patrick Durusau
Wed, 30 Jul 2003 06:12:59 -0400


Lars Marius Garshol wrote:
> * Patrick Durusau
> | 
> | 

> | Personally I am interested in discussing how we increase the
> | ownership of the topic maps paradigm so that we have the critical
> | mass of people to both generate interest in OASIS TCs as well as
> | make substantial progress in them. (Note the emphasis on planning
> | for the future and not chewing over the past. Despite my many
> | delusions, I have never seriously thought that I could change the
> | past.)
> | 
> | Does that sound like the beginnings of something we could
> | productively discuss?
> I'm also interested in this, but where and how we should discuss it I
> am less sure of. 

Agreed. For my part I am not sure either standards organization setting 
is the appropriate one. Understand that both are interested in the 
outcome, but not at all clear that the procedures of either are suited 
to this sort of discussion.

Suggestion: Rather than getting the process right, how about simply 
posting suggestions on how "ownership" of the topic maps paradigm can be 
expanded to the list between now and XML 2003? Probably best that we 
only ask questions of each other to clarify and not debate the suggestions.

I am thinking that we all have contacts with different user communities, 
who have differing interests. What will appeal to one will almost 
certainly not appeal to another. But, I do suspect that if a good idea 
is suggested, we are all capable of adapting it to our particular 

Is that at least a start?

Hope everyone is having a great day!


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!