JTC 1/SC 24 N 2121 Suppliment
By Resolution 11 of its November 1999 Plenary Meeting, JTC 1 requested that SC 24 provide supporting information detailing the benefits to be derived from approval of the "Cooperative Agreement between ISO/IEC JTC 1 and the SEDRIS Organization". This document is in response to that request. We call JTC 1's attention to the fact that the first four New Work Item Proposals for cooperative work between JTC 1 and the SEDRIS Organization are already approved and the work has been assigned to JTC 1/SC 24.
SC 24 is resubmitting a revised Cooperative Agreement to JTC 1 with this document. SC 24 and the SEDRIS Organization have taken advantage of the delay in approval of the first draft of this agreement to consult with ITTF and others on the wording of the agreement and have made several minor revisions based on this review. SC 24 believes that the current scope of the agreement is the correct one to cover both the currently assigned work as well as future work that is expected to involve other JTC 1 SCs, notably SC 29 and 32. We also call JTC1's attention to the fact that the wording of this Cooperative Agreement is nearly identical to that of three previous Cooperative Agreements approved by JTC 1.
SC 24 requests that JTC 1 approve the "Cooperative Agreement between ISO/IEC JTC 1 and the SEDRIS Organization" and forward it to ISO and IEC Councils for endorsement.
The field of work of ISO/IEC JTC 1 deals with Information Technology. The SEDRIS Organization ( http://www.sedris.org/ ) has developed a data model and enabling technologies for the representation and exchange of synthetic environments. The name for this data model and technology is the Synthetic Environment Data Representation and Interchange Specification (SEDRIS) and will form the basis for the first joint standardization work of the two organizations. Synthetic environments (also known as virtual environments, virtual reality, virtual worlds or similar terms) are an important area of Information Technology for which International Standards are now needed. These SEDRIS specifications involve several areas of Information Technology including the historic areas of work of SC 24 (Computer Graphics and Image Processing), SC 29 (Coding of Audio, Picture, and Multimedia and Hypermedia Information), SC 32 (Data Management and Interchange) and SC 34 (Document Description and Processing Languages).
Cooperation between ISO/IEC JTC 1 and the SEDRIS Organization will allow the respective organizations to avoid duplication of effort, and insure interoperability of synthetic environment based systems world-wide. Some specific areas of cooperation and the anticipated benefits of each are:
The SEDRIS Organization was founded in 1995 to develop the base technology for representing synthetic environments (SEDRIS) and other related technologies. JTC 1 SC 24 experts have been working informally with the SEDRIS Organization for over a year to prepare for bringing SEDRIS technologies into JTC 1 for standardization. During this time these ISO/IEC experts have made key contributions to the evolving SEDRIS specifications. This informal cooperation has been very successful and both organizations believe that it should now be formalized. Such formalization will permit a clear path to ISO standardization for current and future SEDRIS Organization technologies as well as providing the expertise to JTC 1/ SC 24 to the SEDRIS Organization on a more structured and well-defined basis. A key benefit to the SEDRIS Organization is the increase in the quality of the SEDRIS standard that has already been demonstrated by our informal past cooperation.
The cooperation proposed with the SEDRIS Organization is patterned after the very successful recent collaborative efforts between JTC 1/SC 24 and the VRML (now Web3D) Consortium (see Information Technology: The Virtual Reality Modeling Language (VRML) ISO Bulletin, Volume 28, Number 9, September 1997), between JTC 1/SC 24 and NATO/US DoD ISMC, and between JTC 1/SC 24 and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Each of these efforts has successfully produced at least one International Standards of high quality in minimal time by cooperatively blending the processes and procedures of both organizations to their mutual benefit.