[Members] proposed charter for UPnP Forum Liaison Work Team

Peter Saint-Andre stpeter at stpeter.im
Tue Dec 17 21:23:08 UTC 2013

The XSF and the UPnP Forum are working together to form a liaison
relationship that will enable several members of the XSF to contribute
to the new UPnP Cloud initiative [1] as "observers" within the UPnP Forum.

Based on discussion in recent XMPP Council and XSF Board meetings, we
have concluded that these observers will function as an "XSF Work Team"
as defined in Section 8.3 of our bylaws. [2]

Therefore I would like to propose the following charter.


UPnP Forum Liaison Work Team

The UPnP Forum Liaison Work Team is responsible for upholding the XSF's
responsibilities regarding our liaison relationship with the UPnP Forum,
which covers work on the UPnP Cloud initiative. Members of this work
team shall function as "observers" within the UPnP Forum and shall abide
by the terms of the XSF's liaison agreement with the UPnP Forum.

The goals of the work team are threefold:

1. Development of a technically strong and appropriate solution to the
requirements of the UPnP Forum, including the application and
combination of existing XMPP technologies with domain knowledge within
the UPnP Forum.

2. Review of specifications produced by the UPnP Forum to ensure that
their use of XMPP is consistent with current best practices for XMPP

3. Implementation of certification programs and/or protocol conformance
testing tools with regard to XMPP or the UPnP Forum’s use thereof.

Collectively, the members of the work team are expected to have
expertise in core XMPP technologies, the HTTP bindings for XMPP (BOSH
and WebSocket), and XMPP publish-subscribe extensions. Knowledge of
media applications using Jingle is also desirable.

Members of the work team shall be selected by the XMPP Council after a
call for volunteers from among the XSF membership, and shall be approved
by the XSF Board of Directors.


I have attached a draft of the liaison agreement that we are working on
with the UPnP Forum. This is not yet final, and in particular we need to
add a list of observers (i.e., work team members) to the agreement
before it is finalized.

Questions and comments are welcome.


[1] http://upnp.org/news/ describes the UPnP Cloud initiative as follows:

UPnP Cloud Update: The UPnP Forum has chosen an architecture for its
cloud extension and is in the process of finalizing the specification
with a goal of having a certification program in the 1H of 2014. Cloud
support in the UPnP architecture will enable IoT and internet-wide usage
by allowing IP-based devices and servers to discover each other and
communicate independent of the network they are connected with. This new
feature will leverage the widely deployed Extensible Messaging and
Presence Protocol (XMPP) for the cloud component while maintaining
backwards compatibility with the existing UDA for local connectivity.
This choice provides a low-risk, cloud-scalable, secure and rapid
implementation path. It is anticipated that this powerful combination
will be beneficial to both the UPnP and XMPP developer communities.

[2] http://xmpp.org/about-xmpp/xsf/xsf-bylaws/
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