[sc34wg3] Draft Minutes from Baltimore: 6-9 December 2003

Patrick Durusau sc34wg3@isotopicmaps.org
Tue, 07 Jan 2003 15:34:18 -0500


Mason, James David (MXM) wrote:

>I think the "institutional memory" function is very important. There are a
>lot of things in SGML that people wonder about now (and are trying to
>reinvent in XML) without having the context which gave rise to them (e.g.,
>Mason misinterpreted something and put it into a viewgraph; Goldfarb
>transmogrified Mason's mistake and put it into the standard [datatag]). All
>too often the predecessor of WG1 found itself backtracking because it didn't
>have a record of discussions (not that some of our discussions would be
>publishable on any public server).
>How about changing the title from "minutes" to "notes"?
Sure, notes is the more accurate term (no connotation of being an 
"official" record).

Kudos to Jim for the first entered correction!


>-----Original Message-----
>From: Patrick Durusau [mailto:pdurusau@emory.edu]
>Sent: Tuesday, January 07, 2003 3:14 PM
>To: sc34wg3@isotopicmaps.org
>Subject: Re: [sc34wg3] Draft Minutes from Baltimore: 6-9 December 2003
>Mason, James David (MXM) wrote:
>>I think we need to post them as a numbered document, but with a caveat that
>>they are an individual contribution and not an official meeting report
>>Patrick is the author, and the status is "individual contribution"). The
>>recommendations of the meeting are the official record of decisions taken.
>I agree and would note that the "decisions" recorded in the minutes are 
>denoted as "proposed resolution"s. Decisions can be made only by 
>established ISO procedures and as Jim notes, those are reflected in the 
>recommendations of the meeting.
>I see the "minutes" (perhaps we need a better, i.e., less official 
>sounding name for them) as having three roles:
>1. By daily posting, even an unofficial report of the meetings gives 
>those unable to attend some sense of the work of the group;
>2. It serves to encourage the group since it can see the issues it has 
>covered, giving a sense of progress and accomplishment;
>3. It serves as a sort of institutional memory, even if it has no 
>normative, informative or other standing in future discussions. WG3 
>could easily decide to take a course different from that discussed at 
>any particular meeting. If my notes serve merely to assist in recalling 
>all the issues that are relevant to a particular decision, then they 
>will have been worth the effort to take and prepare for posting.
>Since I am not a professional stenographer (and am not looking for a 
>second/third/forth career) I think Steve Pepper's point that my notes 
>are not completely accurate is well taken. I think they fall somewhere 
>between the notes of someone who did not attend the meeting and  a word 
>by word transcription of everything spoken at the meeting. ;-)

Patrick Durusau
Director of Research and Development
Society of Biblical Literature