Future of Interoperability Standards September 2010

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Position papers, reflections and notes from the previous meeting (January 2010 in Bolton)

This meeting is in association with the ICOPER Best Practice Network.

About the Meeting

This event, the second in a workshop/discussion series on the "future of interoperability standards" is of interest to those directly involved with the development of formal or informal interoperability specifications and standards, especially in education but also in the research and cultural heritage domains. Whereas previously the emphasis was on policy and process and the relationship between formal and informal standards-development models, this time we will focus on the technical approaches to creating standards: how should we model and document standards. This could include questions of structure/segmentation, arguments about application of semantic web approaches, application models in relation to core models, how to handle statements about conformance.

A future event will consider the vital precursor to "technical approaches": methods to surface and agree on the conceptual models.

Aims of the meeting:

Intended outcomes:


"Position Papers"

Please interpret "position paper" very loosely, these are essentially an opportunity for pre-meeting expression of ideas and reading.

Collected papers as a single zip-file (includes saved versions of HTML). No longer a complete set

Date and Venue

September 24th 2010. Registration is required: http://jisc.cetis.ac.uk/events/register.php?id=247

Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, London.

NB: we will NOT be in the Fish Room as previously advertised. (I think we are in the Library but I was told "Science Room")


Adam Cooper (CETIS) will be in London from 23rd and would be pleased to hear from overseas or long-distance travelers who might be interested in meeting over dinner on the 23rd. Please add a note when you register if you might be interested and I'll check a few days before the meeting to see how travel (etc) plans have worked out.


10.00 - 10.30 Arrivals, coffee/tea

10.30 - 10.35 Welcome & introduction - Adam Cooper, CETIS

10.35 - 11.00 Round table introductions: who are you, who do you represent, why are you here, what’s your background in all this? Identification of key themes/areas of interest (these will be the basis for clustering people for the following session).

11.00 - 12.30 Session 1. Group discussions: points of agreement, points of outstanding disputation on the state of the art, a critique of where we are now. Opportunities. Prioritisation of issues

12.30 - 13.15 Lunch

13:15 - 14.15 Session 1ba. Feedback from groups. Q&A to improve common understanding. Comparison and identification of overlapping agreement.

14:15 - 15:30 Session 2b. Group discussions: points of agreement, points of outstanding disputation on what to do to improve matters: proposals for action.

15:00 (approx) Ad hoc coffee/tea

15.30 - 16.30 What next? Proposals for action.

Candidate themes/areas of interest: