19. June 2014 15:06
The other day a document landed on my "desk" in the Danish Mirror committee to JTC1 SC34. It was the document ”EXPLANATORY REPORT - OASIS Submission of OpenDocument v1.2 to ISO/IEC JTC 1 [JTC1 N12033]”. In other words: ODF TC in OASIS has wished to elevate OASIS ODF 1.2 to an ISO-standard.
OASIS is a so-called "PAS Submitter" to ISO, which enables more or less direct elevation of existing standards to be an ISO-standard, but without any corresponding work on the standard itself in ISO. OASIS ODF TC has used this process for ODF 1.0 back in 2006.
So ODF will not be maintained in ISO - and agreement has been made that work itself developing and improving ODF will be exclusively done in OASIS ODF TC - with subsequent releases to ISO for approval ... what someone might refer to as "rubber-stamping".
For OOXML a different agreement was made during sumission/approval of OOXML - that being that work with OOXML takes place in ISO and this is where the standard is developed and improved. That being said, a substantial amount of work with OOXML takes place in ECMA and a large amount of our work in ISO originates from ECMA's TC45
- the group where OOXML was "born". ODF 1.2 was approved in OASIS in september 2011 (and publicized in early 2012), and now three years later it has landed on our desk in ISO.
I immediately wrote to Danish Standards and told them, that I suggest that Denmark votes "yes". Technically this is not a task for the mirror committee to SC34 since the vote is on JTC1-level, but the more I think about it, the more I doubt that I made the right suggestion to Danish Standards.
Because does it add any value for anybody to - three years after approval in OASIS - ask for an ISO approval? Is there any good reason to spend time on this in OASIS and in ISO? If the argument is that there are some (governmental) institutions that require an ISO-standard level to use it in their organisations/countries - what good is it to them to wait more than three years to submit it to ISO for approval?