Decision Mtg 23 Agenda

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Decision Meeting #23 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 #22 (sorry, no recorded minutes), we reviewed the need to develop a charter as a next step to explore the opportunity of continuing our incubator activity as a working group. The integration of decision components and the drafting of the final report also were discussed. A portion on security was recommended as well as a state-of-the-art summary. All present again acknowledged their interest was high in moving forward with a Working Group.

Goal for this Meeting

At this February 24th, 2011 meeting of the Decision Incubator, we will review a draft Working Group charter. If there is consensus, and including any recommended edits, we will forward the draft charter and recommend to the W3C that the Decision Incubator transition to a Decision Working Group. We will also review progress on compiling and integrating the ontology patterns, discuss the final report status and last few weeks of the incubator activity. We also 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) Review Draft Working Group Charter (20 min Jeff Waters)

Jeff will quickly review a draft Working Group charter (attached in the email agenda notice). The Charter would be the guiding document and initial description of the proposed Working Group. After considering any recommended changes, an initial consensus will be reached as to whether this charter is appropriate for representing the proposed effort. If so, the charter will be forwarded to the W3C staff for consideration under their normal process. References describing the process include the following: (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) Compiling and Integrating Ontology Components (15 min Eva/Jeff)

Eva will describe her recent activities where she is beginning to compile the various ontology components for integration into an initial decision ontology. Jeff will summarize his upcoming contributions for lightweight decision components tailored for linked open datasets.

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

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. Aaron can describe his initial draft paragraphs for the security section.

(4) 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.