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Important Changes - Action Required

CIP4 wishes to announce a comprehensive upgrade to its infrastructure. The reasons for this migration and further technical details can be found below in this article.

It is important for CIP4 members to be aware that the migration to new platforms will require them to have an account to be able to access the new platforms and that existing accounts will not work.
All active users received an email from "Atlassian" with the subject "Shwetha Suvarna has invited you to join them" inviting you to the new site. It will guide you through the process of registering with the new platform. If you did not receive this mail you can use this link in order to create an account with the same email address as your current account.

In the meantime all members are urged to report any problems they encounter by contacting the migration principles at infrastructure@cip4.org.

It is recommended that members retain their existing account details until the full migration is completed. CIP4 will make a suitable announcement at that time.

Migration Schedule

The migration is intended to take place in a number of phases.

Build Servers - Completed

The build of software libraries, examples and documentations has already been migrated. This is largely transparent to members unless they have been involved in the production of those products.

Issue Tracker / JIRA

Migration switch date was 27th May 2021.

The migration is to a cloud solution hosted by Atlassian. As stated above a suitable account for access to these new systems will be required.
After the migration the 'old' system will be partially retired - it will remain available as a read-only system and fully retired when appropriate.

Note: CIP4 has considered 'migrating' existing accounts, but a combination of security reasons and technical issues with password management has meant that this is not possible.

Documentation / Confluence

The planned migration switch date is yet to be announced. CIP4 will continue to inform members of changes.

In the meantime, members should continue to use their existing accounts for access to Confluence.
Details and tracking for this migration is being recorded in the JIRA issue IN-417 - Getting issue details... STATUS .

Background

CIP4's primary objective is to provide high quality documentation, libraries/tooling and JDF, XJDF & PrintTalk specifications. To deliver this effectively requires an efficient and well-connected infrastructure.

In the recent past a review of this infrastructure was undertaken to address a number of issues in order to improve the workflow. In part, this was prompted by a number of issues logged against infrastructure which had become difficult to fully resolve.

Perhaps the final catalyst was the announcement of the withdrawal of support and maintenance for the existing infrastructure systems.

A list of the issues addressed by the migration includes:

  • Self-Registration of users
  • Allow users to reset their own password
  • Frequent updates of the software

While these issues were the primary driver, consideration was also given to 'modernize' the systems and to make them more flexible. In the past, CIP4 has struggled to maintain the level of service it desires due to the nature of the relationship it has with the infrastructure suppliers. Changes could not be made directly but had to be done via requests to the supplier - this was both a costly and lengthy process.

Active members of the committees and work groups have also had to spend valuable time maintaining these services. A primary objective was to reduce this burden to allow the time members voluntarily contribute to CIP4 to be focused on constructive business.

A new version of the JDF editor that can read and save JSON files is available at the tools incubator: Tools Incubator (JDFEditor (dev)).


The XJDF and JSON conversion settings have been moved to the preferences menu item:

converting is applied either by toggling the menu bar buttons:

or in the popup menu    

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There may still be issues so please report any bugs in jira!


Also: feel free to provide nicer icons!















https://toolbox.cip4.org has been updated with a new look and also some new features. It now includes JDF to XJDF translation in addition to checkjdf features. You can create XJDF from JDF and vice versa.

Note that it is currently optimized for single JDF files. The results for complex process networks may need some additional work

I wish all CIP4 members a happy new year and hope everyone stays healthy and safe.

We hope to have an interop this year but due to the unknowns surrounding covid, we cannot make any definite plans yet.

The workgroup meetings have commenced again after the holiday break and I hope to see many of you at the calls!

We are now having biweekly Cloud /JSON mapping focus meetings. The next teleconference is scheduled for December 1 at 17:00 CET at https://room2.cip4.org


The doodle did not get a great amount of trafic and obviously it is too late to schedule retroactively today.

Therefore the cloud kickoff meeting is now scheduled with dictatorial priveledge for:

Monday, November 16 at 16:00 CET in https://room2.cip4.org


I hope to have many interesting discussions with you in 2 weeks!



Cloud Kickoff doodle

I've created a doodle for the cloud / json kickoff meeting.


Please state your preferences asap.

I'd prefer Wednesdays in case we conclude that a bi-weekly meeting makes sense. The date was chosen not to collide with the quality control regular meeting.

If you see 4 PM as a time, then it is in CET.

Doodle Link

No longer active

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Dedicated Cloud meeting

Since we are skipping the fall interop, I'd suggest having an online dedicated 2-3 hour Cloud focus meeting to move the JSON/Cloud projects forward sometime in late October or in November.

Please like this post in case you would be willing to participate and I will create a doodle to find a date if we have a quorum.

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XJDF goes JSON

I've added a few additional requirements / decisions / philosophical questions to the JSON mappin page at JSON mapping for XJDF datatypes.

It is not only about mapping but also about endpoints, cloud protocols and all kinds on non-punch card cool stuff.

Please feel free to expand by adding additional requirements - comments or favorite protocols of the week that I may have missed.

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room1.cip4.org has been discontinued

This is the 4th and final call for review of XJDF 2.1, JDF 1.7 and PrintTalk 2.1 according the CIP4 Intellectual Property Policy:


The final draft versions of JDF 1.7, XJDF 2.1 and PrintTalk 2.1 are now available for download at: 

JDF 1.7 IP Review

XJDF 2.1 IP Review

PrintTalk 2.1 IP Review


V. Publication Specification Review:
A final draft of each proposed Specification will be distributed to all Members for review not less than 60 days prior to final acceptance and publication of such Specification and the Member agrees to give, for all patent claims necessary to implement any area of the Specification, via email to the Secretariat@cip4.org, prior to the expiration of the 60-day review period(…)


Please let me know if you have any Intellectual Property related to XJDF 2.1, JDF 1.7 or PrintTalk 2.1 and if so which of the options you choose to grant:

A.) When requested, Member will grant a license to any such patent claim, at any time issued,
without compensation, to any applicant, regardless of competitive status, desiring to utilize
the license for the purpose of implementing the Specification; or
B.) When requested, Member will grant a license to any such patent claimant any time issued, to
any applicant, regardless of competitive status, under fair and reasonable terms and conditions,
to utilize the license for the purpose of implementing the Specification; or
C.) For each patent claim, at any time issued, that is necessary to implement areas of the Specification,
the Member is not willing to comply with or to give assurances under "A" or "B".


The 60 day review period ends on June 30 2020. Minor technical and editorial modifications may still be applied and will be tracked in the CIP4 issue tracking system: https://jira.cip4.org
 

CIP4 aims to publish all specifications simultaneously, therefore PrintTalk 2.1 is being updated to 2.1 although very few technical changes are anticipated due to the fact that PrintTalk 2.0 has just recently been released.

The final working draft versions of JDF 1.7, XJDF 2.1 and PrintTalk 2.1 are now available for download at: 

JDF 1.7 IP Review

XJDF 2.1 IP Review

PrintTalk 2.1 IP Review


This is the 3rd call for review of JDF 1.7, XJDF 2.1 and PrintTalk 2.1 according to the CIP4 Intellectual Property Policy:


V. Publication Specification Review: 
After reviewing the suggested changes received from any Member and incorporating such revisions as deemed reasonable, the CTO will submit the final working draft for approval by the Technical Steering Committee and all working group members for comments and IP review within a specified period which shall be not less than 45 days.

Please let me know if you have any Intellectual Property related to either JDF 1.7, XJDF 2.1 and PrintTalk 2.1 and if so which of the options you choose to grant:

A.) When requested, Member will grant a license to any such patent claim, at any time issued,
without compensation, to any applicant, regardless of competitive status, desiring to utilize
the license for the purpose of implementing the Specification; or
B.) When requested, Member will grant a license to any such patent claimant any time issued, to
any applicant, regardless of competitive status, under fair and reasonable terms and conditions,
to utilize the license for the purpose of implementing the Specification; or
C.) For each patent claim, at any time issued, that is necessary to implement areas of the Specification,
the Member is not willing to comply with or to give assurances under "A" or "B".


The 45 day review period ends on March 28 2020. Minor technical and editorial modifications may still be applied and will be tracked in the CIP4 issue tracking system: https://jira.cip4.org
 

CIP4 aims to publish all specifications simultaneously, therefore PrintTalk 2.1 is being updated to 2.1 although very few technical changes are anticipated due to the fact that PrintTalk 2.0 has just recently been released.

We revived the CIP4 fellows page on CIP4.org:

https://www.cip4.org/cip4-fellows.html

Take a look for yourself!

The initial IP review is now completed with no comments received.

The specification IP versions #2 of JDF 1.7, XJDF 2.1 and PrintTalk 2.1 are now available for download at: 

JDF 1.7 IP Review

XJDF 2.1 IP Review

PrintTalk 2.1 IP Review


All three specifications are incremental updates with respect to their predecessor specifications:

JDF 1.7 is an incremental upgrade that contains detail changes with respect to JDF 1.6.

XJDF 2.1 is an incremental upgrade that contains detail changes with respect to XJDF 2.0.

PrintTalk 2.1 is an incremental upgrade that contains detail changes with respect to PrintTalk 2.0.


These are
the second IP reviews according to CIP4s IP Policy:

V. Publication Specification Review: At least 30 days prior to when the CTO intends to declare that no further substantive changes will be made to the working draft of a Specification, the CTO will make a “Call for final changes to the draft.” During that period all Members are encouraged to review the working draft for patent claims that they may hold that are necessary for the implementation of any area of the Specification.


https://www.cip4.org/files/cip4/documents/2005-06-03_CIP4_IP_Policy.pdf 

Please review the specification drafts carefully and post comments as Adobe fdf files in the tables at 

JDF 1.7 IP Review,

XJDF 2.1 IP Review

and
PrintTalk 2.1 IP Review

The 30 day review period ends on February 8 2020. Minor technical and editorial modifications may still be applied and will be tracked in the CIP4 issue tracking system: https://jira.cip4.org
 

CIP4 aims to publish all specifications simultaneously, therefore PrintTalk 2.1 is being updated to 2.1 although very few technical changes are anticipated due to the fact that PrintTalk 2.0 has just recently been released.

Thanks to everyone who has invested in making JDF 1.7, XJDF 2.1 and PrintTalk 2.1 happen!

The QC face to face meeting will take place on January 15 and 16 in Hohenschäftlarn near Munich. For details and registration, please see: 2020-01-15 Munich / Hohenschäftlarn QC Meeting Notes and Agenda.

I hope to see many of you in Hohenschäftlarn so that we can finalize the Quality Control ICS for drupa.