Open Collaboration Services Initiative / Anaheim Feb. 4th
- The Open Collaboration Services Initiative (OCSI) will be meeting in
Anaheim, CA, Feb. 4th. Vendors and users of collaboration-related
technologies are invited to participate and speak for approx. 10-15 min
each about their views / requirements / solutions for software services
enabling collaborative business.
We expect OCSI to produce three main results, over some period:
1) an "architecture blueprint for collaborative business" that
enterprises can reference to enable collaborative business internally
and with their partners and customers; this blueprint will be suitable
to guide enterprises' collaboration-related investments from a
2) an integrated set of protocols ("universal collaboration connector")
that enables "plug-and-play" collaboration across vendor and
3) conformance profiles for different verticals, such as manufacturing,
health care, finance etc.
Rather than re-inventing the wheel, we intend to build that "integrated
set of protocols" mainly by referencing existing, open standards (such
as XMPP/Jabber, SIP, SMTP, WebDAV, RSS,.. etc.) As many analysts have
pointed out, there are far too many fragmented pieces of technology in
the market today in order to create investment certainty for
enterprises around collaborative technology: OCSI brings together the
industry in an open forum in order to create that investment certainty.
We are issuing an open call for participation in Anaheim, in order to
make sure OCSI picks the right standards from which to build such an
integrated collaboration connector, solving the right problems, and in
order to get broad input on the OCSI roadmap and architecture. Both
user organizations ("requirements, vision,...") and vendor
organizations ("solutions, vision,...") are welcome.
OCSI is expected to be also formally chartered during that week as an
initiative within the Object Management Group, best-known for industry
standards such as CORBA, the Unified Modeling Language (UML), and Model
Driven Architecture (MDA).
If you are interested in OCSI, and/or in participating in the Anaheim
meeting, please get in touch with me. If you cannot participate, but
have thoughts on the subject, please get in touch as well. Vendor,
user, open source, integrator, ... views are all welcome and important.
I'm sending this to the decentralization list as in my mind, a
blueprint for collaborative business necessarily needs to be
decentralized, at least to a certain extent (the extent that, say,
e-mail or Jabber are de/centralized). It may represent one of the more
compelling reasons for the use of decentralized technologies in
More information: http://www.open-collaboration.org/
Feel free to contact me with questions.
Co-founder, Open Collaboration Services Initiative