[odf-discuss] Problems at the OASIS TC.
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Wed May 16 05:30:36 EDT 2007
For sure we have to do something. Thomas, Bruce and David absolutely
must be members, and I would have thought that the TC chair would
already have put the fee-waved membership system into process on their
Can the Fellowship join? That gets us two more.
I am talking to some people about what else can be done to fix this -
I'll send updates as I soon as I can.
On 16/05/07, Daniel <daniel.carrera at zmsl.com> wrote:
> Hello all,
> Yesterday I received an email from OASIS explaining that my membership
> at the OASIS OpenDocument committee will be revoked. David Wheeler, head
> of the formula sub-committee (spreadsheet formulae) got a similar email.
> Bruce D'Arcus, head of the metadata sub-committee got a similar email.
> Marbux got a similar email.
> What happened?
> Well, we, along with another 12 people, are all in OASIS as non-employee
> representatives of the OpenDocument Foundation, a US-based non-profit
> run by Gary Edwards. It turns out that non-profits are only allowed to
> have two non-employee representatives (and that's two more than any
> company). I learnt yesterday that OASIS has been discussing this issue
> with Gary for some time.
> I'm not too bothered about my removal, I'm not important. But I'm
> concerned about the removal of Bruce D'Arcus and David Wheeler. Those
> are two people who do invaluable ODF work at the OASIS TC and now are
> being removed.
> Can the Fellowship do anything? Does anyone have any ideas? The
> membership fees for OASIS are high:
> The cheapest way to get Bruce and David back on the TC would be
> individual membership which costs 300 USD each. That's well outside what
> the Fellowship has at hand, but maybe there's a way to raise that money?
> Maybe find a sponsor or do some sort of fund raiser?
> I don't know what we can do.
> Oh, I just got another email from OASIS... I (and apparently others)
> explained that this whole discussion was news to us. Among other things,
> they pointed us to fee-waved memberships:
> It says here that the TC chair can ask for a fee waved membership for
> people who are very important. So I guess that Bruce and David might get
> that. I hope they do.
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