Debian joning OASIS?
I have a proposal I believe would benefit the Debian project as a
whole, as well as providing important opportunities for ALL debian
The Quick Summary:
I'll pay $250 of the $1000 annual OASIS membership fee if
someone else can come up with the remaining $750. (One
possibility being that 3 [or more] other developers cover the
rest, but then see the Caveat below.)
If Debian is an OASIS member organization, _ANY_ debian
developer can join an OASIS technical committee, or even
initiate the development of an XML standard under the
auspices of OASIS.
An Aside - About OASIS:
From the OASIS site: <http://www.oasis-open.org/>
OASIS, the Organization for the Advancement of Structured
Information Standards is a non-profit, international consortium that
creates interoperable industry specifications based on public
standards such as XML and SGML, as well as others that are related
to structured information processing.
Familiar OASIS standards/specs are
- the SGML catalog specification, and
- the newer XML Ctalog specification.
The Long Version:
Last week I was about to purchase an individual OASIS
<http://www.oasis-open.org/> membership for $250 in order to join
the DocBook Technical Committee, but first decided to find out how
to get a membership for Debian.
The bottom line is that OASIS offers a $1000 US "Special
Contributor" membership specifically for non-profit
entities. ALthough this category is not listed on the OASIS
Membership Categories page, it provides all the same benefits as a
Since I'll join OASIS either way, I figured it'd make more sense for
me to put my $250 toward an organization membership for Debian,
rather than simply spending the money on an individual membership
Also, individual members do NOT enjoy the full priveleges as do
those whose membership is through an organization. Specifically,
though they can participate in the specification development
process, they don't have voting rights.
Caveat: if we actually go through with this I believe people like
myself should not be expected to contribute to the
membership renewal for a period of an as-yet-undetermined
number of years.
Any takers? I'm ready to join today...
Mark Johnson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Debian SGML <email@example.com>
Home Page: <http://dulug.duke.edu/~mark/>
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