Interoperability Demonstration Policy (2015-02-03)

  1. Overview
  2. Participation
  3. Planning
  4. Promotion
  5. Expenses
  6. Additional requirements for Interop Demos and Plugfests only
  7. Additional requirements for Interop Demos only
  8. Additional provisions

1. Overview

This Policy governs the planning and execution of OASIS Interoperability Demonstrations, Showcases, and Plugfests (Interops). These events feature products that support OASIS Standards and/or Committee Specifications. Usually hosted in connection with a conference, trade show or other public event, Interops are official consortium activities, endorsed by one or more OASIS Technical Committees (TCs) and mutually supported by OASIS staff and a team of participating organizations.

1.1 Goals

OASIS TCs are encouraged to host Interops in order to:

  • demonstrate broad support for a standard or specification;
  • promote adoption;
  • identify implementation or compatibility issues;
  • provide members with the opportunity to interact with prospective customers; and/or
  • show how a standard can be used in a particular application, vertical market, or scenario.

1.2 Types of Interops

Interop Demos show interoperability between members’ products, all of which adhere to a set of technical requirements defined by the TC and/or Interop Team. Although Interop Demos require the highest level of planning and coordination among participating members, they offer a greater opportunity for identifying potential implementation and compatibility issues.

Interop Showcases provide a common venue for demonstrating members’ products that support an OASIS Standard or Committee Specification. Because full compliance with a defined demonstration scenario is not required, an Interop Showcase is easier to organize and may be more readily accessible to a broader range of members.

Interop Plugfests offer the opportunity to determine product compliance and interoperability during a public event. Participation in Interop Plugfests is open to both members and non-members of OASIS.

Note: This Policy does not cover privately held Plugfests or formal certification testing.

To compare the features of Interop Demos, Showcases, and Plugfests, see Interop Matrix.

2. Participation

All Interops are conducted in a fair manner that reflects well on OASIS, the TC, the standard, and all participants.

2.1. Eligibility.

(a) For Interop Demos and Showcases: All participating organizations must hold current membership in OASIS at the Foundational, Sponsor, Contributor, or Individual levels. Individual-level members who are self-employed may participate on their own behalf; Individual/Associate-level members may not participate on behalf of their employers.

The Interop Team may invite a non-commercial organization (government agency, non-profit trade association, research institution, etc.) to endorse or provide context for the demo as a Scenario Partner. OASIS membership is not required for Scenario Partners; however, their involvement must be approved by the Interop Team and by OASIS Management.

Commercial entities that are not OASIS members must join the consortium in order to participate. Members are encouraged to recommend prospective participants to OASIS staff for membership outreach.

(b) For Interop Plugfests: Participants may be members or non-members of OASIS. Members may receive a discount on the participation fee (see Section 5.1) or other exclusive benefits.

2.2. Space selection. Because space is often limited, participation is reserved on a first-in basis. Once participation is confirmed, the priority order for selecting space within the demo area is determined by OASIS membership level (Foundational Sponsors first, followed by Sponsors, then Contributors, then Individuals). Within each level, the order for selecting space is based on the submission date of the member’s Interop registration form. Participation fees must be paid in full before selecting a space.

2.3. Onsite staff. Each organization participating in the Interop must have at least one representative present onsite at the event. (In special cases, this requirement may be waived by advance consent of OASIS staff and the Interop Team.) Limits on the maximum number of onsite representatives may be set by OASIS to accommodate space restrictions or rules related to the venue. Onsite, all representatives are expected to behave in a professional, collegial manner. Professional business attire is required.

3. Planning

3.1. Mailing list. Only the dedicated mailing list created by OASIS may be used for Interop planning and communication. Each organization participating in the Interop must have at least one representative subscribed to this list. (Subscriptions are managed by OASIS staff.) Only recognized representatives of organizations participating in the Interop may be subscribed to the Interop mailing list and attend Interop planning meetings and calls. By default, list archives are accessible to OASIS members only. Upon request, the Interop Team may further restrict archive access to only themselves and OASIS staff.

3.2. Interop Demo Lead. Chosen by the Interop Team or the TC, the Interop Lead works with OASIS staff to ensure the event is planned and executed in a fair, vendor-neutral, professional manner. The Interop Lead usually (but not always) represents an organization participating in the Interop. The Interop Lead’s responsibilities include:

  • Chair Interop planning calls (or designate alternate from the Interop Team) and ensure minutes are posted to the mailing list in a timely manner.
  • Notify OASIS staff promptly of any issues or concerns that might impact the success of the event.
  • Provide onsite requirements (audio/visual equipment, internet connections, etc.) to OASIS staff.
  • Provide a description of the Interop for use in OASIS promotional materials.
  • Review OASIS promotional materials; provide press release quote on behalf of the Interop Team.
  • Act as spokesperson for briefings with press and analysts, in coordination with OASIS staff.

4. Promotion

Promotional activities conducted on behalf of the group will be coordinated solely by OASIS staff. Organizations participating in the Interop are encouraged to promote their involvement provided they do so on their own behalf.

4.1. Press release. OASIS will issue a press release in support of the event that will feature the names of all OASIS members participating in the Interop. Foundational- and Sponsor-level members may provide executive quotes for the press release. Organizations participating in the Interop may issue their own corporate press releases, provided they notify OASIS staff in advance and adhere to the OASIS Media Relations Guidelines.

4.2. Collateral. OASIS will produce a promotional flyer describing the Interop that will be distributed onsite. Flyers for Interop Demos and Showcases will feature information on each Interop Participant. Each organization participating in the Interop may also distribute additional collateral onsite. Limits on collateral may be set if space is restricted.

4.3. Signage. All signage used onsite will be produced by OASIS staff.

4.4. Lead collection. Electronic capture of visitor contact information will be managed solely by OASIS staff and distributed in full to all OASIS members who participate in the Interop following the event.

5. Expenses

Interops are designed to be self-supporting activities.

5.1. Participation fee. To meet expenses, each organization participating in the Interop is required to pay a non-refundable participation fee. The amount and deadline for payment is determined in advance by OASIS staff, based on projected venue costs and anticipated number of participants. The fee may cover:

  • Space rental
  • Signage
  • Collateral
  • Audio-visual equipment rentals
  • Connectivity (internet/intranet)
  • Furniture rental
  • OASIS press release distribution
  • Staff support
  • Other expenses

5.2. Contracting services. All financial and logistical matters are managed by OASIS staff. Interop participants may not enter into agreements or negotiate contracts on behalf of the group.

5.3. Donations. An OASIS Member Section, Interop participant, or other party may offer to co-sponsor the event by underwriting expenses or making a major donation of equipment or services. If the TC and OASIS Management agree to accept such contributions, the donor(s) may be recognized in the event promotion.

6. Additional requirements for Interop Demos and Plugfests only

The decision to conduct the Interop is made by the TC(s) responsible for the standard(s) or specification(s) demonstrated; the TC may also set broad parameters for the Interop, such as the version of the specification that will be used.

7. Additional requirements for Interop Demos only

7.1. Interoperability criteria. Once the basic demo requirements have been defined by the TC, all other technical decisions are made by the Interop Team (one vote per organization). The Interop Team collaborates to determine fair conformance or interoperability criteria, making reasonable efforts to accommodate products from all organizations participating in the Interop. All products demonstrated must support the technical requirements as defined by the Interop Team.

7.2. Inability to meet requirements. OASIS is unable to refund participation fees based on failure to meet demo requirements. In the event a member’s product is unable to meet the technical demo requirements, then the member retains the option to demonstrate its product within the OASIS space, provided: 1) the Interop Team approves participation; and 2) the member agrees to demonstrate its product in a manner that does not misrepresent or detract from the Interop Demo. The member would not be promoted as part of the Interop Demo but would receive recognition as providing a separate use case.

7.3. Deadlines. OASIS staff, in consultation with the Interop Team, may set an initial deadline for confirming participation to allow sufficient time for the group to prepare the demonstration. Every effort will be made to fill the space by this deadline; however, if additional Interop members are needed to cover event expenses, they may be allowed to join after the deadline. Any member joining after the initial deadline will still have to meet the requirements of the Interop Team. If there is a formal Interop test process then joining after that test deadline has passed will only occur with the approval of the Interop Team by Special Majority Vote.

7.4. Confidentiality agreements. The Interop Team may require participants to agree in advance that all implementation capabilities and test results will remain confidential within the Interop Team.

8. Additional provisions

In addition to this Policy, the OASIS Bylaws, and other OASIS policies, procedures, and guidelines apply. An Interop Team may specify additional provisions if required to address unique needs of its demonstration, provided the provisions are not prohibited by this or other OASIS policies. Additional provisions must be submitted in writing to OASIS Management and approved prior to implementation.


The OASIS Board of Directors may amend this Policy at any time at its sole discretion.

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Dates Approved:  Thu, 2015-01-29 Effective:  Thu, 2015-01-29