[theora] feedback European Commission pilot assessment

Gregory Maxwell gmaxwell at gmail.com
Thu Nov 5 08:51:13 PST 2009

I must apologize for a little confusion here.
Ivo has mistaken an initial draft response with a final formal response.

Like many other open organizations our in-progress work is usually
publicly visible.  To reduce the potential for confusion I've moved
the internal work to different location.

We are diligently working on a response but have not yet had an opportunity
to collect input from all of the interested and relevant contributors.

We will supply a copy of the final document when it is available.

Thank you.

2009/11/5 Ivo Emanuel Gonçalves <justivo at gmail.com>:
> Dear Sir,
> I believe a representant of the Xiph Foundation addressed the IDABC
> questionnaire publically at the following online location
> <http://wiki.xiph.org/IDABC_Questionnaire_2009>.
> We hope you find those answers useful for your investigation.
> On 11/2/09, Valayer Clémentine <clementine.valayer at trasys.be> wrote:
>> Dear Sir, dear Madam,
>> I am currently working with the European Commission on a pilot assessment of
>> Video Codecs in eGovernment, more precisely for live video streaming of
>> parliamentary sessions.
>> The results of the analysis will be published for public consultation on
>> IDABC <http://ec.europa.eu/idabc/en/home>  website.  The following video
>> codecs are on the list: H.264/AVC, VC-1, RealVideo10, Theora, VP8.
>> The assessment is in the context of the CAMSS - Common Assessment Method for
>> Standards and Specifications - project, an initiative of the European
>> Communities' IDABC programme (Interoperable Delivery of European eGovernment
>> Services to public Administrations, Business and Citizens), implemented by
>> the European Commission. Within the context of the elaboration of their
>> National Interoperability Frameworks, Member States are currently organising
>> the assessment of formal specifications, in order to establish their
>> National recommendations. Deciding which formal specifications to recommend
>> often calls for a resource intensive and time consuming assessment.
>> Therefore, CAMSS aims to improve awareness, knowledge sharing and
>> transparency, around the assessment of formal specifications in eGovernment,
>> contributing also to the efficiency of European government organisations
>> thanks to the re-use of analysis' results from other European government
>> organisations.
>> I am in charge of analysing the video codecs according to the CAMSS
>> criteria, which are not limited to addressing the business need and
>> requirements of an eGovernment project (suitability and potential of a
>> formal specification). Other criteria allow to address notions of
>> effectiveness, efficiency and fairness: the organisation or body responsible
>> of establishing, approving and maintaining the standard or specification
>> operates in a specific manner, which may have impact on the consequences of
>> choosing a formal specification. The context within which standardisation is
>> done has an impact on how implementations of the formal specification can be
>> developed and/or used. A third series of criteria analyses how the formal
>> specifications are supported in the market place.
>> We would appreciate your feedback / complementary information / comments on
>> these assessments; could you please provide me with the needed contact
>> within your organisation; to whom I will send the data.

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