OASIS DITA Adoption Technical Committee

The Charter for this TC was modified on 4 September 2008 as balloted at http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/ballot.php?id=1519; this change was announced at http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/tc-announce/200809/msg00002.html

The original Call For Participation for this TC may be found at http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/tc-announce/200806/msg00015.html

  1. Name:

    OASIS DITA Adoption Technical Committee

  2. Statement of Purpose:

    The OASIS DITA Adoption Technical Committee members will collaborate to provide expertise and resources to educate the marketplace on the value of the DITA OASIS standard. By raising awareness of the benefits offered by DITA, the DITA Adoption Technical Committee expects the demand for, and availability of, DITA conforming products and services to increase, resulting in a greater choice of tools and platforms and an expanded DITA community of users, suppliers, and consultants.

    Since DITA adoption is stronger in the US than in the rest of the world, especially the European Union, the Technical Committee will actively solicit participation from non-US members and help to facilitate providing information promoting DITA adoption globally.

    The DITA Adoption TC intends to appoint an individual who is an active, voting member of both TCs to serve as a liaison to the DITA TC, to actively communicate the work of the Adoption TC, and to request the assistance of the DITA TC on technical issues concerning the specification. Through the liaison, the DITA Adoption TC is encouraged to bring issues to the DITA TC concerning user needs in improving the specification. The DITA TC is encouraged to bring issues to the DITA Adoption TC concerning the use cases or user scenarios around proposed changes and enhancements to the specification, as well as suggestions for other adoption-related work.

    By advancing the adoption of DITA through OASIS, the Technical Committee will:

    • Collaborate within the security of the OASIS open process
    • Maximize message credibility by working on behalf of a vendor-neutral standards consortium
    • Build on existing market awareness of OASIS as the source of DITA
    • Leverage the combined resources of all participants
    • Reinforce DITA as the result of an open, transparent process guided by multiple vendors, communities, and individuals
    • Openly share content and coordinate program execution with other entities that share a common or similar statement of purpose on a worldwide scope
    • Actively solicit participation from members outside North America and help to facilitate the provision of information promoting DITA adoption globally
  3. Scope of Work:

    OASIS DITA Adoption Technical Committee activities may extend to any of the following activities:

    • Oversee the DITA XML.org Focus Area
    • Review and ensure accuracy of DITA references in commonly used resources such as Wikipedia
    • Host educational, vendor-neutral webinars
    • Organize vendor-neutral workshops and tracks at OASIS events and other conferences
    • Produce OASIS-branded primers, white papers, position papers, slide presentations, datasheets, and other collateral
    • Develop best practice guidelines
    • Establish liaisons with other organizations who may assist in building awareness of DITA, and promoting DITA in a variety of user communities
    • Assist in coordinating promotional efforts of members, leveraging activities wherever beneficial
    • Assist in coordinating press and analyst relations such as briefings, releases, and announcements
    • Encourage and coordinate volunteer efforts to translate the DITA specification and other committee documents into other languages
    • Interface with other TCs to define how DITA can be best integrated with other standards to address specific scenarios
    • Stage interoperability and/or proof-of-concept demonstrations at industry conferences
    • Other projects aimed at increasing adoption as identified by Committee Members
    • Other activities that are considered appropriate to forwarding the goals of the Technical Committee.

    The OASIS DITA Adoption Technical Committee will refer suggestions and requests for changes to and clarification of the DITA Specification to the existing DITA Technical Committee.

  4. List of Deliverables:
    • First best practice issued within 6 months of formation.
    • First webinar produced jointly with the XLIFF Technical Committee and the DITA Translation Subcommittee and sponsored by OASIS.
    • Ongoing maintenance of the DITA XML.org Focus Area.
    • Additional materials supportive of the above scope.

    The OASIS DITA Adoption Technical Committee is an on-going activity with no specific end date for its activities established in advance.

  5. IPR Mode:

    Royalty-Free on limited terms.

  6. Anticipated Audience/Users:

    Anyone involved in the implementation of the OASIS DITA standard in their own organizations, including information-development managers, content creators and distributors, consultants supporting implementations, and vendors providing tools to support content development and distribution.

  7. Language in which the TC will conduct business: