OASIS TC Call for Participation: LegalXML Online Dispute Resolution
A new OASIS technical committee is being formed. The OASIS LegalXML Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) Technical Committee has been proposed by the following members of OASIS: Hon. Arthur M. Ahalt (Ret.), LexisNexis; Donald L. Bergeron, Lexis-Nexis; Eddie O’Brien, Ringtail Solutions; and the following individual members: Rolly L. Chambers, Daniel Greenwood, James I. Keane, and Debi-Miller Moore. The proposal for a new TC meets the requirements of the OASIS TC Process (see http://oasis-open.org/committees/process.shtml), and is appended to this message. The proposal, which includes a statement of purpose, list of deliverables, and proposed schedule, will constitute the TC's charter. The TC Process allows these items to be clarified (revised) by the TC members; such clarifications (revisions), as well as submissions of technology for consideration by the TC and the beginning of technical discussions, may occur no sooner than the TC's first meeting. To become a member of this new TC you must 1) be an employee of an OASIS member organization or an Individual member of OASIS; 2) notify the TC co-chairs, James I. Keane (JIK@J...) and Debi-Miller Moore (MooreD@a...), of your intent to participate at least 15 days prior to the first meeting; and 3) attend the first meeting on 5 December. You should also subscribe to the TC's mail list. Note that membership in OASIS TCs is by individual, and not by organization. You must be eligible for participation at the time you time you notify the chair. The private mail list legalxml-odr@l... is for committee discussions. TC members as well as any other interested OASIS members should subscribe to the list by going to the mail list web page at http://lists.oasis-open.org/ob/adm.pl, or by sending a message to legalxml-odr-request@l... with the word "subscribe" as the body of the message. (Note that subscribing to the mail list does not make you a member of the TC; to become a member you must contact the TC chair and attend the first meeting as described in the preceeding paragraph.) A public comment list will be available for the public to make comments on the work of this TC; a message may be sent to the TC via the address legalxml-odr-comment@l.... The archives of both of these mail lists are visible to the public at http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/ -Karl ================================================================= Karl F. Best OASIS - Director, Technical Operations +1 978.667.5115 x206 karl.best@o... http://www.oasis-open.org ONLINE DISPUTE RESOLUTION TECHNICAL COMMITTEE OASIS LegalXML Member Section 1. Name of Technical Committee The name of the committee shall be the Online Dispute Resolution Technical Committee (OdrXML TC) within the LegalXML Member Section of OASIS. The Technical Committee may constitute subcommittees or other groupings as appear necessary and appropriate to carrying out the Technical Committee's purpose. 2. Purpose of the Technical Committee A. Mission The OdrXML mission is to develop open XML standards for the markup of information and documents used in online dispute resolution systems. The primary goal is to allow the public to gain standardized access to justice through private and government sponsored dispute resolution systems. These efforts will draw on standards that seek to establish electronic commerce and allow dispute resolution information to flow into agencies, court and corporations who sponsor or utilize dispute resolution services. The Technical committee will develop and review requirements, specifications and schemas for OdrXML and to harmonize current document type definitions (DTD) and schemas among developers, providers, vendors, agencies and other organizations involved in online dispute resolution. B. Language and Applicable Legal Domain The OdrXML TC will focus on online dispute resolution and related documents in the legal domain in the United States, Europe and other countries as they participate. The TC will conduct the eMail discussion, teleconference and face to face meetings in English. The TC will coordinate its work with the efforts of others countries. It will enlarge the scope of the TC to allow consideration of other countries and international bodies requirements into the development of standards. C. Stakeholders The stakeholders in the ODR community include: 1. Parties who participate in online disputes, with particular focus on parties involved in disputes arising from eCommerce and other transactions over the Internet 2. Neutrals who wish to use Internet resources to resolve disputes. These include arbitrators, mediators, referees, facilitators and other professionals and volunteers involved in Alternative Dispute Resolution. 3. Providers of software and services for Online Dispute Resolution; 4. Public and private organizations that refer disputes to on-line services (e.g. Court, Consumer Complaint Agency, Insurance Company) and receive reports and documents from ODR providers (such as status reports to courts, or the filing of a final arbitration award) D. Scope of Effort The OdrXML Technical Committee will endeavor to: 1. Encourage the development and harmonization of standards, schemas, DTD’s, data models, data dictionaries, requirements, specifications, certifications, seals of approval and policies involved in Online Dispute Resolution. 2. Foster communications between members of the Technical Committee and keep the public informed of developments. 3. Examine options and offer proposals or requirements for an open repository or registry for entities that use, reuse, exchange or report on ODR activities. 4. Co-host meetings or conferences with relevant entities for stakeholders to participate in the TC continuing the efforts to promote open standards, and 5. Promote consideration of standards in the private and public sectors. To support this scope of activities, the TC shall seek to aggregate, review and harmonize XML work product of developers, providers, neutrals, end user, companies and public institution that use or plan to use ODR. The TC will also promote the adoption of standards by traditional providers of Alternative Dispute Resolution Services, including professional organizations and institutional users of ADR services. To help achieve this scope, the OdrXML TC will 1. Facilitate, monitor, assess and publicize tests and demonstrations, standards, requirements, specifications, data models, DTD’s or Schemas for online dispute resolution. 2. Follow an open process of discussion and debate with full consideration of the stakeholders’ different points of view. 3. Seek wide scale adoption of proposed LegalXML/OASIS - OdrXML standards, and 4. Promote the use of recommended standards in the ODR, ADR and related communities. 3. Requirements Definition The TC will conduct a formal process to verify the initial requirements definition in this section. That process will identify the relevant needs and processes utilized by neutrals, providers, referring entities, and end-users. It will also determine the extent to which upstream and downstream users such as Courts, agencies, corporations, law firms, business users and the public at large may affect requirements for the work of this TC. A. Stakeholders’ Requirements The TC should reflect the requirements of the stakeholder community in any DTD, Schemas or other work product it develops, harmonizes or endorses. The standards should represent the way information is exchanged between the parties. The exchange of information should also include text chats, instant messaging, web conferencing and Voice or Video over IP. B. Specific Requirements The TC will specifically consider the following requirements: 1. XML Syntax. The TC will adopt XML standards and syntax for a party to inquire about ODR, choose a mode of ODR, select a suitable mode, select a neutral, notify the neutral and other parties, submit claims and counterclaims along with any digital documentation. The syntax should also address how the parties and neutral communicate electronically with each other and with referring or monitoring institutions. The syntax should enable the parties and neutrals to exchange information about claims. It should also allow attachments of documents and other digital media, as well as any award or agreement, and any information about resolution or closing report about the claim. 2. W3C and OASIS. The TC will seek to utilize W3C and OASIS specifications as well as ISO or other appropriate standards, except in those cases made impossible by the legal and binding adoption of non-standard but legal requirements including any that protect the public and foster dispute resolution. 3. Elements and Attributes. The TC will help develop and promote specification that can be used universally by all users and providers. These component specifications may include elements and attributes (e.g. unique identifiers, creation dates, etc.), as appropriate. C. Full Life Cycle Solution The solution should allow a user, neutral, provider or referring entity to manage the full life cycle of a dispute through resolution. The solution should provide means for search and retrieval to locate documents and extract data based on several criteria including metadata and tags by means of Boolean and natural language queries appropriate. 4. Deliverables A. Business Requirements The OdrXML TC will work with its members and the ODR/ADR community to define business requirements of all stakeholders and reflect them in the scope of work. It should ensure that any standard have real value for the public in the form of better access, lower cost, and/or easier referencing. The initial starting point should be requirements definition, which shall discussed openly and approved by consensus. B. Data Models The ODR TC will work with its members in reviewing and harmonizing one or more data models meeting the requirements specified in this Charter; C. DTD or Schema The ODR TC shall complete one or more DTD(s) and/or Schema(s) meeting the requirements specified in this Charter and deriving from the specified data model(s). D. Data Dictionary. The TC shall review and approve a data dictionary that provides the intended meaning of each element, attribute or other component of the final specification. E. Sample Data The TC shall encourage the creation of documents, message, transactions and case management records using sample data and documents marked up according to the DTD/Schema developed through this TC. F. Style-Sheets and Other Components Beyond creating or arriving at consensus on the OdrXML data model and DTD or Schema, the TC may also template style-sheets, CSS, XSLT, XPATH, X-Query, XSL-FO to provide users and developers with a 'starting point' to modify and create their own. 5. Meeting Schedule A. Date and time of the first meeting OdrXML will hold its first meeting by teleconference on Thursday, December 5 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. EST. Persons intending to participate in the first meeting must register to attend no later than 15 days prior to the event by notifying the person named as chair of the new TC of their intention to attend the meeting, and must be eligible for TC participation at the time they register. Every Eligible Person who so notifies the chair and is present at the first meeting of a TC shall be initially a voting member of the TC. B. Regular Meetings The OdrXML Technical Committee will hold at least two face-to-face meetings a year with the option for members and guests to participate in key segments of the meeting by teleconference as well as by videoconference and web conferencing when available. Additional meetings will be held by teleconference, web conference and videoconference. The dates and places for the face-to-face meetings are: * February 5-11, 2003 during the American Bar Association Mid-Year Meeting in Seattle Washington, and * August 7-12, 2002 during the American Bar Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California. 6. Committee Roster A. Sponsoring Members Names, electronic addresses and membership affiliations of persons eligible for OASIS Technical Committee Participation committed to the stated meeting schedule - Hon. Arthur M. Ahalt (Ret.), LexisNexis, mahalt@c... - Donald L. Bergeron, Lexis-Nexis, Donald_Bergeron@L... - Rolly L. Chambers, Individual member, rlchambers@s... - Daniel Greenwood, Individual Member, DanG@m... - James I. Keane, Individual member, JIK@J... - Debi-Miller Moore, Individual Member, MooreD@a... - Eddie O’Brien, Ringtail Solutions, eddie@r... B. Names of the Technical Committee Co-chairs The co-chairs of the Electronic OdrXML Technical Committee are - James Keane - Debi Miller-Moore Daniel Greenwood (DanG@m...) will serve as Vice Chair of the Technical Committee. C. Names of phone sponsors Legal XML/OASIS provides a phone bridge. Each participant pays his or her own phone costs. 7. Compliance with OASIS and LegalXML By-Laws and Procedures The OdrXML TC will conduct its business in compliance with: A. All OASIS By-Laws and Rules of Procedures (ROP) B. Oasis Technical Committee Process Revision Approved By OASIS Board Of Directors, 16 September 2002 C. The LegalXML OASIS Member Section Rules of Procedures. The Technical Committee shall comply with LegalXML TC Rules of Procedure as amended from time to time. This Technical Committee specifically acknowledges and adopts the following provisions from Section 2. Technical Process, Management, Reporting. a. “OdrXML" is an OASIS Technical Committee. It may be called a “LegalXML Technical Committee" because of it topic and its association with the LegalXML member section. b. Technical work submitted to OASIS Technical Committees will be in accordance with the OASIS Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) policy as a base. c. Any standard, specification or other work product resulting from the work of the OdrXML technical committee shall remain free and open for perpetual, global use. In no event shall this Technical Committee finalize or approve any technical specification if it believes that the use, distribution, or implementation of such specification would necessarily require the unauthorized infringement of any third party rights known to the Technical Committee, and such third party has not agreed to provide necessary license rights on perpetual, royalty-free, non-discriminatory terms. d. Technical work products created and approved by this Technical Committee must be designated as "LegalXML Technical Committee Specifications". Only work products approved by a vote of the OASIS general membership will be referred to as "OASIS Standards".
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