[Foundation] Standards Organization, Framework, and Process

Colin Madere colin at vedalabs.com
Mon Aug 13 15:17:13 CDT 2001

Looks good to me.  Nice and concise.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Michael Bauer [mailto:bauer at jabber.com]
> Sent: Monday, August 13, 2001 3:13 PM
> To: 'members at jabber.org'
> Subject: [Foundation] Standards Organization, Framework, and Process
> Here's an overall description of the standards 
> decision-making organization,
> framework and process.  This has been reviewed without 
> objection by members
> of the standards-jig.  Of course, it's not clear they've all 
> read it, so I
> thought I'd post here to get additional feedback.
> The Jabber Foundation is a membership-based support 
> organization to the
> Jabber Community.  It's primary purpose is to help Jabber become a
> widely-used de-facto standard for deploying a variety of 
> real-time XML-based
> communications systems, such as instant messaging, text 
> conferencing, and
> collaboration environments.  
> The Jabber Foundation is composed of two main groups, an 
> elected Board of
> Directors and an elected Jabber Council.  The Board of 
> Directors defines the
> framework and oversees the process for defining Jabber standards (both
> technical and information standards).  The Jabber Council uses that
> framework to manage the development of Jabber technical 
> standards.  A set of
> Jabber Interest Groups (JIG)S) focus on individual Jabber technical
> standards.  The overall standardization process is through Jabber
> Enhancement Proposals (JEPS) that specify proposals for 
> changes in Jabber
> technical standards as well even the creation of Jabber 
> Interest Groups
> themselves.  
> The Jabber Board defines a framework based on principles and 
> process for
> standards decision-making by working groups within the 
> Foundation.  The
> primary principles for decision-making are based on the ANSI (American
> National Standards Institute) Due Process requirements.
> Openness:  Participation in decision-making shall be open to 
> all members
> without undue financial requirements, membership in specific external
> organizations, or specific technical qualifications.
> Fairness: any member has a right to participate in the decision-making
> process that materially affects them by a) expressing a 
> position and its
> basis, b) having that position considered, and c) appealing 
> if adversely
> affected. Due process allows for equity and fair play.
> Disclosure:  Timely and adequate notice of actions considered 
> and decisions
> made that materially affect all members shall be given.
> The Jabber Council use the Apache method of voting to accept or reject
> Jabber Enhancement Proposals.  This voting method is defined 
> as follows.
> +1  Yes, agree that an action should be taken.
>  0  Abstain, neither agree nor disagree an action should be taken.
> -1  No, disagree that an action should be taken.  On votes requiring
> consenus approval, this vote constitutes a veto and must be 
> accompanied by
> an explanation or the vote is void.
> An action item requiring consensus approval must receive at 
> least 3 binding
> +1 votes and no vetos. An action item requiring majority approval must
> receive at least 3 binding +1 votes and more +1 votes than -1 
> votes (i.e., a
> majority with a minimum quorum of three positive votes). All 
> votes will be
> archived and available for inspection by members of the 
> Jabber Foundation.  
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