ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC34 N388

 

 

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TITLE:

 

Summary of Voting on SC 34 N 358 Restatement of Topic Maps, ISO/IEC 13250:2002

SOURCE:

SC 34 Secretariat

PROJECT:

 

PROJECT EDITOR:

M. Biezunski, M. Bryan, S. Newcomb

STATUS:

 

ACTION:

Based on the voting results, this project is APPROVED. This document is forwarded to the project editors, who are instructed to begin development of this new work item.

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JTC 1 / SC 34 N 0388

2003-03-26

JTC 1 / SC 34 Voting Summary

N 358 - Proposed Restatement of Topic Maps, ISO/IEC 13250:2002

Q.1

Do you accept the proposal in document JTC 1 N 358 as a sufficient definition of the new work item? (If you have responded "NO" to the above question, you are required to comment.)

8 - Yes, 0 - No, 0 - Abstain, 5 - No Response

Q.2

Do you support the addition of the new work item to the programme of work of the joint technical committee?

7 - Yes, 0 - No, 1 - Abstain, 5 - No Response

Q.3

Do you commit yourself to participate in the development of this new work item?

5 - Yes, 3 - No, 0 - Abstain, 5 - No Response

Q.4

Are you able to offer a project editor who will dedicate his/her efforts to the advancement and maintenance of this project? (If "YES," please identify .............................................................)

3 - Yes, 5 - No, 0 - Abstain, 5 - No Response

Q.5

Do you have a major contribution or a reference document ready for submittal?

8 - Yes, 0 - No, 0 - Abstain, 5 - No Response

Q.6

Will you have such a contribution in ninety days?

8 - Yes, 0 - No, 0 - Abstain, 5 - No Response

 

P-Member

Q.1

Q.2

Q.3

Q.4

Q.5

Q.6

Comments

 

Brazil

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canada

Y

Y

N

N

N

N

See below

China

Y

Y

Y

N

N

N

 

Denmark

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

France

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ireland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Italy

Y

Y

Y

N

N

N

 

Japan

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

N

See below

Republic of Korea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Netherlands

Y

N

N

N

N

N

 

Norway

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

N

See below

United Kingdom

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

N

See below

United States

Y

Y

N

N

N

N

 

 

NP Approval Criteria per the JTC 1 Directives

9.3.2           In order to be approved, the NP shall be supported by a majority of all P‑members of JTC 1* with at least five P‑members of the SC to which the project will be assigned committed to active participation.

 

*Per JTC 1 N 6148, the 60 Day Letter Ballot Concerning Subcommittee Level Approval of NPs was approved

 

Based on the results of this letter ballot, this NP is APPROVED, and will

be added to the SC 34 Program of Work

 

 

National Body Comments Received

 

CANADA

N 323 is still an accurate guide to the work activities defined in N 358, implying that a key item for N 358 is to clarify and better establish the relationship between the SAM and RM.

 

JAPAN

Japan nominates Mr. Motom Naito as an editor of a part of the Topic Maps.

 

NORWAY

Norway is not convinced of the need to include the Reference Model in ISO 13250 and requests clearer evidence of industry requirements. In any event the Reference Model must not be allowed to delay the finalization and publication of other parts of 13250, in particular the Standard Application Model and the XTM syntax specification.

 

UK

 

Scope

 

The scope statement should be extended to include the four bulleted items in the original scope of ISO 13250, but not the final paragraph, which should be replaced by a statement of the following form:

 

"In addition to providing a formal reference model for topic map assertions, and defining a set of information items that can be used to describe the component parts of topic maps in object oriented models, the standard also defines two standardized syntaxes for representing the model, one based on the use of the W3C Extensible Markup Language (XML) derived from the WebSGML applicaiton of the ISO 8879 Standard Generalized Markup Language (SGML), and the other based on the use SGML Architectural Forms and other techniques defined in ISO 10744, Hypermedia/Time-based Structuring Language (HyTime). For the purposes of conformance testing the standard also defines a canonicalized format for the representation of topic map information items within test suites.

 

Purpose and justification

 

Nothing is stated about the need to identify additions required to ISO 13250 to allow features added in the XTM syntax to be defined within the revised standard.

 

The first part of the standard should not be "A guide to the relationships between topic map standards" but should contain "An overview of the relationships between the Parts of the Standard". Whether or not it should contain reference to related standards, such as TCML and TQML is a moot point. What is definitely required is a statement of how the proposed syntaxes related to the different models, and to the canonicalized form of topic maps that can be used for conformance testing. It should also explain the role of the process of "deserialization" and the rules that apply to merging.