I have read the proposed statements about URC/AALOA.
I support the idea that the tow organisations should seek to co-operate while
at the same time each having their "own" field of activity.
However, I am a bit concerned that the existing wording is not clear enough. I
found I had to read it several times, and in the end was not quite sure where
the boundaries would be.
Some specific issues:
1. It says "URC will focus on....". URC has existed for a long time, and a
lot of people know it.
When you use the word "will", as future tense, it raises a question
about whether URC is now going to change direction.
Is that the case? I am not sure.
2. Use of the word "focus". I have learned that this word can sometimes be
imprecise. Does it mean "will spend most if its efforts
working on - but still be allowed to do other things" (in the same way
that when you "focus" on something in a photograph, the other
elements are still visible, even if a bit fuzzy) OR does it mean "will
work on this and nothing else"?
I feel unsure which is meant in the context of this message.
3. Both say "it will rely on.... standards". This may just be an issue of
the use of English: "rely" gives the strong impression that URC and AALOA will
have to hope that other people develop then needed standards. Is that
what is meant?
So, even though the parties involved may have a clear idea what they mean, I
fear that an "outsider" reading this will still be unsure of where the boundary
On 27/09/2010 01:07 , "Francesco Furfari" <francesco.furf...@isti.cnr.it> wrote:
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
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,
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
(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
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
* AALOA to prepare a specific press release announcing its creation to the
* 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
URC stands for Universal Remote Console Standards (ANSI/INCITS 389-2005
----- 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.
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