Decision Mtg 22 Agenda

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Decision Meeting #22 Goal & Agenda


The dial-in information for this week's meeting is here. The Decision Incubator Activity is intended to explore the use cases and design of a Decision Representation format (e.g. in XML, RDF, OWL…) available on the wiki along with its use by participants in testbed settings for experiments and exercises. Each meeting will be an opportunity to summarize progress & contributions to the wiki, review next steps and action items, and to review the current representation format.

Summary from the Last Meeting

At our last meeting #21 (see minutes), we reviewed components of the decision model as represented in contributions by Piotr Nowara. We started with a drug-allergy scenario where a decision is made about which drug to prescribe based on allergies, then based on an apparent reaction, the decision is reconsidered and another drug prescribed. There is a question, an answer, a decision process. A decision is a subclass of a situation (context) and an answer is a subclass of a decision. The decision process could be represented by work we did over the summer using the Transition pattern to move from decision state to decision state. Interesting issues were identified like representing the continuity of a decision process, decision branching, using different instances to represent the same thing but in different states. We discussed the need to aggregate this progress with our earlier work from the summer. We also discussed the level of interest in potentially continuing this work on into a W3C Working Group. All present acknowledged their interest was high in moving forward with a Working Group. Next step is to draft a charter and review the process for submitting the request to form a working group.

Goal for this Meeting

At this February 11th, 2011 meeting of the Decision Incubator, we will review various references in the W3C Process Document that will guide us in submitting a request to form a Working Group. We will discuss the need for building interest with other W3C members or potential members. We will also review and assign some initial tasks for developing the final report. Finally, we will go around and receive any updates from participants.


The following agenda items will be discussed at the next meeting. The topic, time, summary and discussion leader are provided for each agenda item.

(0) Introductions & Agenda Overview (5 min, Jeff)

We'll briefly consider the current status and agenda items for any suggested changes.

(1) W3C Working Group Submission Process (10 min Jeff Waters)

Jeff will quickly review some key references in the W3C process document that we should consider to guide our submission for continuation and progression of this work into a Working Group. The references include (1) The W3C Process Document. (2) Working Groups, Interest Groups and Coordination Groups which explains that every working group must have a chair, a charter, a team contact, and an archived mailing list. It also outlines participation requirements. Section 6.2.3 explains that every new charter must be submitted for review and consideration by the Advisory Committee (the primary reps from each member organization). (3) Section 5.6 Activity Proposal describes questions to consider when starting an Activity. (Section 6.2.2 says the suggestions for building support around an Activity Proposal apply to charters as well.)

(2) Tasks and Sign-Up for Assembling Final Report (10 min Jeff/Eva)

We should consider some possible contributions by participants to the final report, which might include a state-of-the-art section, an aggregated decision ontology (to go with an XML and RDF representations), an OWL representation discussion, and a security discussion.

(3) Around the Horn (15 min All)

We'll see if we can visit with each of our participants to get an update on latest activities in representing or modeling decisions, security, situation reporting, higher-level decision components or other issues relevant for decision-making.