New TC: Augmented Reality in Information Products (#ARIP) TC Call for Participation

A new OASIS technical committee is being formed. The OASIS Augmented Reality in Information Products (ARIP) Technical Committee (TC) has been proposed by the members of OASIS listed in the charter below. The TC name, statement of purpose, scope, list of deliverables, audience, IPR mode and language specified in the proposal will constitute the TC's official charter. Submissions of technology for consideration by the TC, and the beginning of technical discussions, may occur no sooner than the TC's first meeting.

The eligibility requirements for becoming a participant in the TC at the first meeting are:

(a) you must be an employee or designee of an OASIS member organization or an individual member of OASIS, and

(b) you must join the Technical Committee, which members may do by using the Roster "join group: link on the TC's web page at [a].

To be considered a voting member at the first meeting:

(a) you must join the Technical Committee at least 7 days prior to the first meeting (on or before 16 May 2015; and

(b) you must attend the first meeting of the TC, at the time and date fixed below (22 May 2015).

Participants also may join the TC at a later time. OASIS and the TC welcomes all interested parties.

Non-OASIS members who wish to participate may contact us about joining OASIS [b]. In addition, the public may access the information resources maintained for each TC: a mail list archive, document repository and public comments facility, which will be linked from the TC's public home page at [c].

Please feel free to forward this announcement to any other appropriate lists. OASIS is an open standards organization; we encourage your participation.

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[a] https://www.oasis-open.org/apps/org/workgroup/arip/

[b] See http://www.oasis-open.org/join/

[c] http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/arip/

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CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

OASIS Augmented Reality in Information Products (ARIP) Technical Committee Charter

The charter for this TC is as follows.

Section 1: Charter

(1)(a) TC Name

OASIS Augmented Reality in Information Products (ARIP) TC

(1)(b) Statement of Purpose

Augmented Reality (AR) technology is beginning to gain momentum in the technical communication industry, yet no standards are in existence to guide the policies and conventions that govern the use of AR in technical communications. The purpose of the OASIS Augmented Reality in Information Products (ARIP) TC is to define the introduction and implementation of AR into information products by developing standards, specifications and guidelines for all types of communicators including technical writers, information architects, instructional designers, illustrators, usability & human factors professionals, trainers and E-learning developers to use when developing and delivering AR-enabled information products. Additionally, the TC will promote the adoption of AR-enabled (or supplemented) information products.

The OASIS ARIP TC members will collaborate to provide expertise and resources to educate the marketplace on the value of integrating AR into traditional information products. By raising awareness of the benefits offered by AR, the ARIP TC expects to increase the demand for, and availability of, AR-enabled products and services, resulting in a greater choice of tools and platforms and an expanded AR community of users, suppliers, and consultants.

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

* Develop specifications, guidelines, and best practices to standardize key aspects of AR user experiences such as usability and graphic and interaction design

* Develop standardized content models for authoring augmented reality experiences, in cooperation with vendors, communities, and individuals

* Promote the use of augmented reality as a new feature in information products for the optimization of user experiences, through a transparent process guided by vendors, communities and individuals

* Collaborate within the security of the OASIS open process

* Maximize message credibility by working on behalf of a technology-neutral standards consortium

* Build on existing market awareness of OASIS to promote AR in information product standards

* Leverage the combined resources of all participants

* Encourage the use of AR to visually enrich the interaction of information products with the physical world about which they pertain and vice versa

* Openly share content, knowledge, and expertise with other entities that share a common or similar statement of purpose on a worldwide scope

* Actively solicit participation from other AR related organizations around the world (such as the AR Community, the IEEE AR Industry Connections group, the AR for Enterprise Alliance) to share information, reduce overlap, foster collaboration, and promote the adoption of AR globally.

NOTE: Technical communication and Information products include but are not limited to the following: web pages help files, social media sites, software and hardware concepts and instructions, medical procedures, environmental regulations, functional specifications, training programs, etc.

(1)(c) Scope

The first order of business for this TC will be to research and investigate the use of augmented reality in technical communication to better understand the actual problems in technology and implementation.

The TC will research and understand other AR standards related to technical communication if available so as not to duplicate existing work.

The ARIP TC will create an initial set of specifications for creating AR-enabled information products that are suitable for submitting for balloting by OASIS membership for OASIS Standard status. The first set of standards will be initially based on contributions to the TC and then subsequently based on evolving requirements. Through use of a common specification, content owners and enterprises will benefit from industry support, interoperability, and reuse of community contributions and a streamlined process for AR-enabled content development. At the same time, through collaboration, content owners can address the specific requirements of their business or industry.

The ARIP TC will provide a flexible and structured framework for specifications that can be rapidly implemented at a basic level to enable widespread participation.

The ARIP TC will solicit opinions from AR vendors, industry associations, academia, journals and other bodies responsible for standards to define an initial set of specifications.

The ARIP TC will promote and publicize the TC and its goals and specifications via webinars and presentations at trade conferences to encourage organizations and individuals to accept and adopt it.

Technology not related to the AR-enablement of information products is out of scope.

(1)(d) Deliverables

The TC will produce:

* a set of documentation best practices related directly to AR (forecast Q1 2016); and

* a set of open specifications related to the use of AR, that will permit all types of communicators to more easily adapt their existing work processes and content to be delivered to end users in AR-enhanced information product delivery systems. The TC will research existing AR standards to ensure that we are providing a comprehensive list without any duplication of effort (forecast Q1 2017).

* a playbook with roles and responsibilities for creating AR-enhanced content (forecast Q3 2017).

Requirements and use cases will be based on identified challenges for which standardization is needed. Then, a revised list of deliverables meeting the goals and requirements will be drafted, and design/development of implementation or architectural specifications will commence.

(1)(e) IPR Mode

This TC will operate under the Non-Assertion IPR mode (https://www.oasis-open.org/policies-guidelines/ipr#s10.3) as defined in the OASIS Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Policy effective 21 June 2012.

(1)(f) Audience

Technical communication professionals including but not limited to Information Developers, Graphic Artists, Information Architects, Content creators, Information Development Managers, Documentation Leaders, university professors and students, vendors offering AR authoring or development products and tools that support development and distribution of AR-enhanced content, Software Engineers, and developers who design and write AR applications.

(1)(g) Language

English

Section 2: Additional Information

(2)(a) Identification of Similar Work

The AR Community (www.w3.org/community/ar, www.perey.com/ARStandards) is a group that focuses on AR standards and common terminology but does not focus specifically on AR in technical communication. The ARIP TC will use the terminology set by the AR Community, the convener of the ARIP TC is a participant in the AR Community.

The OGC Standard Augmented Reality Markup Language 2.0 (ARML 2.0) published by the Open Geospatial Consortium (www.opengeospatial.org/standards/arml). This standard is very relevant for AR content encoding.

(2)(b) First TC Meeting

The TC will hold its first meeting by teleconference on May 22, 2015 at 10:00 am CDT. Huawei will host the first meeting.

(2)(c) Ongoing Meeting Schedule

The TC will meet bi-weekly on a schedule agreed upon by the members of the technical committee at the first meeting.

(2)(d) TC Proposers

Rhonda Truitt, rhonda.truitt@huawei.com, Huawei Technologies Ltd

Charles Cooper, cooper@rockley.com, The Rockley Group

Christine Perey, cperey@perey.com, Individual Member

Farhad Patel, farhad.patel@huawei.com, Huawei Technologies Ltd

Greg Babb, greg.babb@textlogic.ch, Individual Member

JoAnn Hackos, joann.hackos@comtech-serv.com, Comtech Services

Ray Gallon, ray@transformationsociety.net, Individual Member

Sally Martir, sally.martir@huawei.com, Huawei Technologies Ltd

Scott Simmons, ssimmons@opengeospatial.org, Open Geospatial Consortium

(2)(e) Primary Representatives' Support

I, Fang You, youfang@huawei.com, as OASIS primary representative for Huawei Technologies Ltd. confirm my support for this proposed Charter and endorse the participants listed above as named co-proposers.

I, JoAnn Hackos, joann.hackos@comtech-serv.com, as OASIS Primary Representative for Comtech Services, Inc., confirm our support for this proposed Charter and endorse our participants listed above as named TC Proposers.

I, Charles Cooper, cooper@rockley.com, as OASIS Primary Representative for The Rockley Group, Inc., confirm my support for this proposed Charter and endorse our participants listed above as named TC Proposers.

I, Scott Simmons, as the OASIS Primary Representative for the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), confirm our organization's support for the ARIP Charter and endorse our participation. I am available to serve as the liaison based upon approval of that status by the TC, between the OASIS ARIP TC and the OGC Technical Committee, the latter including the appropriate Working Groups including the ARML Standards Working Group.

(2)(f) TC Convener

Rhonda Truitt, Huawei Technologies Ltd., rhonda.truitt@huawei.com

(2)(j) Work Product Titles and Acronyms

Deferred

Associated TC: 
Augmented Reality in Information Products (ARIP)