[oslc] Trial for Specification development focused tools (Feedback requested by Jan 27th on OSLC forums)

Kartik Kanakasabesan kartik at us.ibm.com
Thu Jan 19 08:15:36 EST 2012

Community Members,

As a community grows and evolves, its requirements for tools and 
infrastructure likewise evolve. Because of the growing membership and 
expanding interest in OSLC, it seems we are reaching the limits of our 
wiki and mailing lists hosted at http://open-services.net. 

Accordingly, we have been evaluating alternatives that will make it easier 
for our members to meet, collaborate, communicate, and develop 
specifications. We believe we have found a good match for our needs with 
the tools available at W3C Community Groups (
http://www.w3.org/community/about/#cg). Every W3C Community Group receives 
the following tools, each with professional support:
A dedicated wiki
Multiple mailing lists for the group
Issue tracking
A blog (with RSS)
IRC tools to log meeting minutes
 and more. (For more details, see http://www.w3.org/community/about/tool/)

We propose a trial, where one OSLC workgroup will move their specification 
development work to a W3C Community Group.

We believe that using W3C’s infrastructure, which is tailored to 
collaborative specification development, will provide the following 
Every workgroup will have track able action items and issues
The W3C’s infrastructure is better designed to scale for many workgroups
Work with a vendor neutral specification development infrastructure
Workgroups can continue to operate as they were 

If the trial goes well, other OSLC workgroups could also migrate to W3C’s 
infrastructure; if not, the trial workgroup can return to 
http://open-services.net and we can explore other options.

This is simply an experiment with a set of tools we believe to be better 
for our workgroups. Using W3C Community Groups does not mean that OSLC is 
endorsed by W3C. Likewise, W3C will not interfere with the day-to-day 
operations of the OSLC workgroups. To participate in a W3C community 
group, you do not have to be a member of W3C. To learn more about 
participation at various venues at W3C, see 

Before we proceed with the trial, we would like to get your thoughts, 
ideas, questions, or concerns on this experiment. We also welcome your 
suggestions for which OSLC workgroup to trial. Please post them at the 
following forum on the OSLC website: 
Thank you. We look forward to hearing your thoughts between now till Jan 
27th 5:00 pm EST.

Kartik Kanakasabesan (OSLC Community Development)
Steve Speicher (Core and CM Workgroup lead)
Rainer Ersch (PLM Workgroup lead)
Michael Fiedler (Automation Workgroup Lead)

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