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From "robert burrell donkin" <>
Subject Re: [Vote] accept UIMA as a podling - #2
Date Thu, 28 Sep 2006 21:23:53 GMT
On 9/27/06, Ian Holsman <> wrote:


> 2. The first paragraph explains it to a layperson

thanks - much better.

but i don't see at all in terms of explaining it to laypersons. a
project that cannot explain itself clearly in a paragraph doesn't
understand itself.

> [X] +1 Accept UIMA as an Incubator podling
> [ ]   0 Don't care
> [ ] -1 Reject this proposal for the following reason:

i do have a few caveats, though

> === Other IP ===
> When we requested OASIS to set up a Technical Committee chartered to
> develop a platform-independent specification for text and multi-modal
> analysis, we specified that it be set up under the "RF on Limited
> Terms" mode of the OASIS IP Policy.  "RF" means Royalty Free, and the
> Limited Terms means companies that are working with us on the
> Technical Committee are restricted in adding additional terms.
> These are the most liberal terms and make any Essential Claims
> available to ALL and ROYALTY FREE.
> For the details please refer to:
> *
> *

i'm still not happy with the choices offered by OASIS. IMHO we've had
too much pain from OASIS in the past to just forgive and forget.

OASIS is pay to vote and though i'm willing to trust the proposers, i
cannot judge the others with voting rights. what matter to me is that
the standard is licensed in a way that is compatible with open source
implementations; about liberty not cost. i'm willing to hope that
everything turns out okay but am willing to vote for shutdown if the
OASIS process turns sour (again).

> Ultimately of course, there is always a risk that someone in the
> world holds a patent that can be claimed as Essential. The most any
> standards organization can do is govern the behavior of those who
> participate in its work and publicly document the licensing
> commitment of all participants.

that is the risk that all developers now run

- robert

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