“The INCITS Executive Board has not yet determined the U.S. position on this ballot,” said Jennifer Garner, Director Standards Programs for INCITS. “In accordance with INCITS policies, details of board discussions are not public. However, the committee expresses appreciation for the large number of stakeholder inputs received and acknowledges that full and careful consideration of the comments will take some time.”
For this reason, I conducted an extensive interview over the weekend with an individual that is a member of both the V1 Technical Committee as well as the INCITS Executive Board in order to learn the steps that have been agreed upon to finalize the US position, so that we may all make the best sense of what we read and hear between now and the conclusion of the comment period. This individual has attended the meetings and conference calls in question in both V1 and the Executive Board, and is well versed with the procedures of INCITS, ANSI and ISO/IEC JTC1, as well as an employee of an IT vendor member of INCITS. In this entry, I will describe in detail the balloting process that I am told will follow from this point forward, as well as speculate on what the ultimate decision will be, based on events to date and the composition of the INCITS Executive Board.
- First, there must be nine votes in favor of the vote (a majority of the Executive Board). If fewer are received, the vote fails
- Second, if there are any abstentions, these abstentions must be subtracted from the total number of votes cast for, against, or abstaining
- Of that reduced number, two thirds must be votes to approve
It will be interesting to see how the voting goes in the weeks ahead. From a free flow of information perspective, it will also be interesting to see what information on the voting reaches the press when, and from whom. And, of course, with what spin.
Update: Here is the text of the INCITS press release just issued:
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