[standards-jig] JANA pt. 2

Russell Davis rkdavis at burninghorse.com
Sat Aug 3 23:59:11 UTC 2002

Following on from my previous post about the formation of JANA.

In section four of jep-0030 
(http://www.jabber.org/jeps/jep-0030.html#sect-id2592330) it is
suggested that the JSF have an additional role assigned to it of
assigning and administering the naming and/or numbering of official
entity and feature related catagories and types in a similar way to
which IANA assigns port numbers. In general this is an excellent
suggestion except it requires a few modifications before it is

      1. JANA should not come under the JSF umbrella but should be
             an independent body with rights of veto over naming
             requests except when forwarded by the JSF as the result
             of adoption of a JEP where instead it only has the right to
             force a renaming of the namespace (see point 2.),
             entity, catagory or type to avoid conflict with existing
         assigned names.

      2. Not only should JANA have control over the assigning of
             names to entities, catagories and types but also over
             namespaces where an existing and commonly accepted or
             standardized name is not available.

      3. Although it should be administrativly and functionally a
         seperate and independant body from JSF it's governing
         board may comprise members of the JSF including but not
         limited to board members and council members (the exact
         details of composition etc. would need to be detailed in
         the bylaws of JANA)

      4. To avoid inconvieience to client, component and server
             authors all existing namespace, entities, catagories and types
             should be grandfathered in as of an arbitary date prior
             to JANA's formation (I suggest either August or September
             1st, 2002) except where there would be a conflict and
             then the descision should be decided in a fair and random

I think those four points cover any immediate questions anyone would
have about JANA without it actually existing although there remains
the matter of funding. JANA will cost real money to setup and run and
should not charge fees for assigning names so although it's yearly
budget will be very small (i don't see it requiring much more than a
couple thousand dollars) it will not produce any revenue and JSF is
unlikely to have even that available in it's budget for such a
grant. It would also be better for JANA's percieved and actual
independence if it was not directly reliant on JSF for funding. To
those ends I propose that once JANA is approved existing JSF sponsers
be approached to make a one time donation of approximatly $500-$2000
each to provide the startup costs with a commitment to support JANA
until viable alternative sources or methods of funding can be found.

bst rgrds
Russell Davis
jid: ukscone at jabber.org
email: scone at burninghorse.com

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