[Foundation] New steps, moving forward

Jeremie jeremie at jabber.org
Wed Aug 7 23:14:50 CDT 2002

I'm very excited to announce the results of some ongoing work to help
jabber move forward even faster than before.

First of all, I've been working closely with Jabber, Inc. on multiple
things over the past few weeks, things that we all agree it is time for
and will help the project, community, and everyone involved to start
evolving and growing in new ways.  Here I'll outline the progress being
made and results on much of this.

The first major step forward is Jabber, Inc.'s sponsorship of my work.
We're ready to start taking the next step, transitioning from my
relationship as an employee to that of a sponsorship.  The goal is for
this to happen by virtue of a grant to the JSF, subject to approval by the
JSF Board.  This is an important development, and means the growing
relationship between the myself, the JSF, JINC, and the rest of the
community is very clear and open.  It also is an opportunity for the JSF
to strengthening it's position, and can create a precedent that opens the
door for other grants and sponsorships to follow.

The second and more important action is progress regarding the handling of
the Jabber Trademark.  Much of the past concern, often from our friends in
the legal world, is the ability of the JSF to properly manage and
administer the trademark.  In the past this was clearly justified, the JSF
isn't even a year old, the processes set forth in the bylaws for managing
the technical aspects (jeps, members, council, etc) are only recently
stabilizing and actively progressing.  Other concerns are that the
existing Board (myself included) has been less active during this first
year, and the management of the foundation needs to mature and demonstrate
it's leadership.

I've been collaborating with JINC, specifically Tony Bamonti, VP of Open
Alliances and Standards, and learning quickly about trademark
administration and the importance surrounding it for our community.  In
order to make progress, the important work to be done here is ultimately
within the JSF, and beginning to build a framework capable of managing
what "Jabber" means.  This involves handling applications for the usages,
levels of standards compliance, testing, and resolving issues as they
arise.  Once this begins with the JabberPowered mark, then realistic
progress can be made surrounding the administration of the Jabber
trademark itself within the JSF.

Many of these things will take time, as they involve multiple entities,
community feedback, and often legal opinions.  This will all also have to
build upon the upcoming elections for the Council and particularly the
Board, being some of the first actions to discuss once the new groups
conveine.  This is one of the most exciting and significant steps forward,
I'm very eager to set a new pace and make some new progress within the JSF
and our community.



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