[openEHR-announce] Specifications Editorial Committee (SEC) formation.

Thomas Beale thomas.beale at oceaninformatics.com
Tue Feb 10 08:23:57 EST 2015

As lead on the Specifications Program, I have set up the initial 
membership of the Specifications Editorial Committee (SEC) 
composed of people who have long term competence in openEHR, and who are 
reasonably representative of the vendors and major research groups using 
openEHR, as well as the clinical domain. My thanks to these members for 
agreeing to join and work on the specifications.

The SEC sits within the Specification Program governance framework 
<http://www.openehr.org/programs/specification/governance>, which in its 
current draft has been reviewed by a number of experienced people (this 
probably gives the simplest picture). The initial membership is a 
'working start', since we know we need more members over time. The core 
committee will use the governance provisions, modelled on Apache 
meritocratic concepts, to add further members. Original members have no 
special privileges with respect to later members. All of the process 
will be conducted openly, and the work will be visible online, largely 
on the openEHR Jira trackers 
<https://openehr.atlassian.net/issues/secure/Dashboard.jspa> (component 
specific trackers are being set up).

*We see the key responsibility for the Specification Program as being to 
clinical practice and the patient.* Practically this means that the 
Program's responsibility is to advance the specifications in an 
appropriate way for use by system developers (commercial vendors, 
academic, other) *who deliver real working clinical solutions *based on 
openEHR. This involves correct management of versions, releases, 
backward compatibility and other typical issues. If more experimental / 
pure research variations on openEHR are required, they will be created 
as an appropriate branch or fork of the main releases.

One of the key improvements for the future process has been to separate 
the various specifications and related artefacts into 'components' which 
are each separately releasable. The list of these components is 
currently as follows:

  * Conformance specifications
  * Clinical Decision Support specifications
  * Querying specifications (AQL)
  * Terminology
  * Service Model / APIs
  * Archetype Model (ADL/AOM)
  * Reference Model (EHR, EHR Extract, Demographics)
  * Implementation Technologies (schemas, transformation algorithms etc)

The SEC will commence operations, according to the above-mentioned 
governance framework. In summary it will be as follows:

 1. Initial election of chair.
 2. Commence review of outstanding problem reports
    change requests
    so as to design forthcoming releases for 2015.
 3. Determine priorities & workload
 4. Bring new members on board as required by the work.
 5. Make adjustments as required to the governance process.
 6. Publish new releases.

Over time, various new mailing lists etc will be introduced to support 
this work.

Members of the openEHR community are welcome to comment on any aspect of 
the Specifications Program, either publicly (openehr-technical list) or 
to me privately if they wish.

- thomas beale
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