[aaloa promoters] Preparing a Joint announcement with the OpenURC community

Thomas Karopka karopka at it-science-center.de
Mon Sep 27 08:57:18 CEST 2010

Dear Francesco, all,

I would like to support the proposed operation. I think there will be a 
benefit for both initiatives if it is possible to define a common interface.
I also highly recommend to work towards a component based architecture. 
This is something what we are trying to stimulate in the FLOSS in health 
care area but with limited success due to a missing governing body. In 
the AAL arena this role should be filled by AALOA.

Best regards,

Am 27.09.2010 01:07, schrieb Francesco Furfari:
> Dear All,
> I have a question of interest for the temporary governing board of 
> AALOA and all the promoters.
> I will call a vote on that, so I kindly ask all the promoters to read 
> carefully the content of this message,
> and to post here any doubt about this operation. Below you find also 
> my personal comments
> At the AAL Forum,  Antonio Kung, Stefano Chessa, me and Jan 
> Alexandersson ( Head AAL Competence Center
> DFKI GmbH)   had an interesting discussion about a joint announcement 
> to publish during the MonAMI workshop
> at the 5th European Conference on Smart Sensing and Context (*14-16 
> Nov*, Passau, Germany)
> You can read the story in the attached message, but for your 
> convenience below there is the agreed statement
> ---------------------
>     (1) As an initiative for the building of an open source
>     accessibility framework, OpenURC will focus on features for
>     personalised and accessible user interfaces. /This involves
>     discovery of devices and targets, and flexible deployment and
>     management of adaptors. It will rely on the specification of
>     standards for device descriptions and user interface descriptions./
>     (2)  As an initiative for the building of an open source service
>     framework, AALOA will focus on features for ambient awareness, and
>     for the flexible deployment and management of assisted living
>     services. It will rely on the specification of standards allowing
>     services to interact with ambient environments.
>     * (3) Integrating each other contribution*
>     The two initiatives see a potential for sharing developed features
>     and specification so that OpenURC-based platforms can integrate
>     AALOA components, and AALOA-based platforms can integrate
>     OpenURC-based components.
>     * (4) Towards convergence*
>     They further agree to undertake a discussion in order to work
>     towards a common architecture.
> -----------------
> We decided that the consequent actions of the parties  would have been:
>     * OpenURC to check (1)
>     * AALOA to check (2)
>     * All to check (3), (4)
>     * OpenURC to prepare a specific press release announcing its
>       creation to the press
>     * AALOA to prepare a specific press release announcing its
>       creation to the press
>     * Make a press release for the joint announcement
>     * Make sure that AALOA and OpenURC websites will include the 3
>       press releases and link to each other
> Thus this mail is to open the discussion about such common action  to 
> do and any further collaboration with OpenURC community.
> Here a reference  about URC
> http://myurc.org/TR/urc-tech-primer
> URC stands for Universal Remote Console  Standards (ANSI/INCITS 
> 389-2005 through 393-2005).
> ----- *my personal comments*
> At the moment it may sound  strange  the wording : "AALOA components" 
> in (3).
> In AALOA we don't have any reference to a common architecture yet.
> AALOA will grow initially as the aggregation of different projects, 
> and a convergence process will be "somehow" created  in the long run. 
> Nevertheless it is right to say that the purpose of AALOA is to 
> compare the diverse solutions available, in this respect URC has to be 
> taken into account and we can encourage its evaluation. However we may 
> only advertise all the members of such initiative, any adoption or 
> integration of URC standards in this moment is let to the autonomous 
> decisions of single projects or individuals of AALOA. As member of 
> universAAL project,  I can only anticipate you that further meetings 
> will follow in the next months between universAAL members and OpenURC 
> community.
> Of course it would advisable that an URC-based project was incubated 
> in AALOA, it would increase the visibility of URC to all the member 
> joining  AALOA. This is something I already suggested to Jan and that 
> he will further discuss with URC members .
> Said that, aware of the limit of the announcement, I think it is 
> useful to increase visibility of our actions and to confirm that  
> AALOA is working as catalyst of interesting initiatives.
> Best regards,
> Francesco
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Thomas Karopka
Head of ehealth Department
vice chair IMIA OS WG

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