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From "Noel J. Bergman" <>
Subject RE: [doc] include IP/standards question in the proposal template
Date Tue, 19 Sep 2006 14:19:04 GMT
Robert Burrell Donkin wrote:

> Noel J. Bergman wrote:

> > please confirm that the [necessary] standard is not IP encumbered.
> > IMO, we should make sure to have this question on the submission

> IMO need to think about this through a little.

Absolutely.  The question to be asked isn't the simple one above.  It would
probably be very helpful to have folks like Dims, Sanjiva, Cliff and Sam
help out with the actual requirement and phrasing.

> we probably need to know which standards the proposal proposes to
> implement so that these can be checked for suitability.


And the proposal should include a statement regarding the known IP policy,
if any.

> the policy on which standards are open enough for an apache
> implementation has not complete crystallized. apache has
> been strong in pushing for standards which are openly
> developed and free of IP encumberance from the standard
> setters. IMHO apache should keep up this pressure but not
> sure that the policy is clear enough to be written down yet, though.

Hence the list of people mentioned above, all of whom have worked in this
area.  I would like to see us work on the IP policy.  But please note: if
the UIMA IP is sufficiently open, I would not want to hold up incubation of
that project, assuming that we get a positive vote.

	--- Noel

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