Processes and procedures
Generally, members are encouraged to communicate with each other, fostering partnerships and cooperations in the emerging markets of semantic collaboration products.
Technical discussions, initiatives, standardisation efforts and decisions are made in OSCAF groups in order to fulfil its objectives, namely:
- working groups (WG) work on recommendations for standards, publications, and other topics within the scope of the foundation. WGs are the cornerstones of OSCAF's regular work.
- interest groups connect members with the same interest and work on a topic
- coordination groups coordinate between groups, BoD and TAG. This role is not needed in the beginning as the TAG takes the role of the coordination group.
Each group has the roles of a chair, members, and an OSCAF contact person who is responsible to communicate between the group and OSCAF. Chair and contact roles have to be taken by different persons.
Writing of recommendations is done by employees of the member organisations. The recommendations may be submitted to and published by existing standards bodies. Published recommendations and ontologies are subject to discussion and will be maintained, documented and improved.
Recommendations are accompanied by open-source reference implementations of the core services, allowing verification of the applicability of standards and the creation of products based on these standards. A registry of implementations of the standards and compatible products will be maintained.
A counterbalance to the Groups and the Board of Directors is the Technical Architecture Group (TAG), which is limited to technical issues about semantic collaboration architecture and ontologies. The TAG consists of 10 elected or appointed participants (for two years each) and a Chair. The role of the chair can be the same as the role of the director.
Workshops: apart from annual General Meetings which deal with organisational matters first, OSCAF organises several workshop meetings each year to bring Members and Public together for an exchange of ideas about certain technologies or policies.
Web portal: the Foundation manages a website ("www.oscaf.org", see above) for community and collaboration purposes. Part of this website hosts published ontologies, recommendations and documentation.
Venues: meetings of groups, councils and boards are typically hosted by one of the OSCAF members (alternating) and located at one of their office sites.
Invited Experts: this role may be filled by non-members of OSCAF, thus enabling direct collaboration without unnecessary hurdles. Conversely, individuals who are experts in a field may ask a Working Group Chair to be invited to join a Working Group as an Invited Expert.