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,
Thomas

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
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    (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.

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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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