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The next annual CIP4 general meeting will be held at the Copenhagen Interop on Wednesday March 27.

Remote participation will be available. More details soon.

There will be a face to face technical workgroup meeting at the Heidelberg Shinagawa site: https://goo.gl/maps/uyDVnHxFbYC2

This is a follow-up of the IGAS JTWG meeting on July 31st.

I hope to see many of you again in Shinagawa!

Preliminary Agenda:

Note that the times are guesses – we willput in a 15 minute break in the middle to clear our heads.

14:00 – Arrive and Introduce participants

14:15 – Requirements of JDF/XJDF from Japan 

14:30 – Report from the Boulder Interop

-        Status XJDF

-        Status JDF

-        Status PrintTalk

-        Next versions (time line)

 

15:00 – ICS Status

-        Print Procurement (XJDF/PrintTalk)

-        Quality Control (XJDF/XJMF/PrintTalk)

-        IDP(JDF/XJDF)

              

16:00 – Digital Finishing in IDP

-        XJDF translation of best practice complex example

-        Discussion of a pipe ICS for near-line communication

 

16:45 Next steps and adjourn


Directions

The next Interop: Public Space#35: Boulder, USA will be from

September 17-21 2018


The focus topics are still in the make - be sure to check the interop page.

And don't forget to register at https://confluence.cip4.org/display/PUB/%2335%3A+Boulder%2C+USA


TSC call for participation

Due to the reduction of the number of work groups, we need to reorganize the membership rules for the Technical Steering Comittee (TSC)

If any active CIP4 member is interested in joining the TSC, please send an informal email to secretariat@cip4.org stating this intention.

Requirements for TSC membership:

  • Active participation in TSC phone conferences
  • Active participation in interop meetings and TSC face to face meetings (Joining most interops is sufficient)
  • Technical interest and proficiency with JDF, XJDF, PrintTalk etc. at a reasonable level. (No formal tests required)
  • Non-partisan technical interest in the developments of CIP4


The current TSC will review the applications by early June 2018 and unless we have a deluge of applications, I anticipate that any reasonable application will be accepted.


JDF 1.6 is now released

CIP4 is pleased to announce the releases of a new version of the Job Description Format (JDF) specification. The Version 1.6 specification is now available at www.cip4.org. In addition to incorporating a number of technical enhancements and additions, this new version is backward compatible with JDF 1.5 and previous versions. CIP4 has also begun the process of creating an online Integration Matrix enabling JDF users to quickly identify vendor pairings that have already been successfully integrated, a tool that will be helpful to users seeking new solutions to integrate within an existing business and/or production workflow.

XJDF is now released

CIP4 is pleased to announce the release of XJDF, the latest iteration of the JDF standard. XJDF is designed to simplify workflow automation by making it easier to both implement, and validate with the use of standard XML tools. CIP4 has developed XJDF to build upon, and improve, based upon historical experience with the JDF standard over the past nearly two decades. The new standard will coexist in parallel with JDF 1.6, which is being released simultaneously. This concurrent release of both versions offers industry stakeholders the option to incorporate JDF, XJDF or a combination of the two into their product offerings and/or production environments.

The integration matrix at https://cip4.org/jdfwork/jdf-integration-matrix/jdf-matrix-application.html is still sparsely populated.

We will have someone on site to update the matrix in real time. If you are coming to the interop please be prepared with a list of your companies products and the respective products that you integrate with.


If you are not coming to the interop please download and send the form to secretariat@cip4.org so that we have a basis to work on.



Interop Reminder

The Bologna Interop is approaching rapidly  - see Interop 34: Bologna, Italia. If you haven't registered yet, please do so soon.

Note also that we have a straw poll at the bottom of the registraion page due to some opening hours issues with our anticipated social event venue.

Vote Now!

 

The second release candidates for JDF and XJDF are available for review at JDF and XJDF.

There are currently no open issues in JIRA and these release candidates are anticipated to be very, very close to the final specification versions. Please create issues in JIRA for any typographical or editorial issues that you may find. Technical issues will not be addressed outside of an errata workflow which is still to be discussed at the Bologna interop.

The final publication is scheduled for the end of February 2018.

The first release candidates for JDF and XJDF are available for review at JDF and XJDF.

The IP review for both specifications has been completed successfully with no objections from members.

The final publication is scheduled for January 2018.

 

The final specification review version of XJDF and JDF 1.6 are now available for download at:

JDF 1.6 Details: https://confluence.cip4.org/display/PUB/JDF+1.6+IP+Review


 


This is the 4th and final call for review of  XJDF and JDF 1.6 according the CIP4 Intellectual Property Policy:

 
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(…)

The review period commences now and continues until October 31 2017.

Please let me know if you have any Intellectual Property related to XJDF or JDF 1.6 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 Dresden Interop date will remain as originally planned: September 18-22 2017

See you all in Dresden!

 

 

Due to a collision with a medical conference in Dresden during our scheduled week of September 18-22 we may have to shift the Interop back by one week.

Please do not finalize your travel just yet. We will keep you posted here.

 

The final working draft versions of JDF 1.6 and XJDF are now available for download at:
and
A detailed list of modifications - mostly minor and editorial - can be found at:
and
This is the 3rd call for review of  JDF 1.6 and XJDF 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.

The review period commences now and continues until August 24 2017.

Please let me know if you have any Intellectual Property related to either XJDF or JDF 1.6 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".

Publication IP draft versions of XJDF and JDF 1.6 are now available for download at: 

https://confluence.cip4.org/download/attachments/21138327/XJDF-Specification-2.0-DRAFT-IP-2.pdf

and

https://confluence.cip4.org/download/attachments/21138314/JDF-Specification-1.6-DRAFT-IP-2.pdf

 

JDF 1.6 is an incremental upgrade that contains detail changes with respect to JDF 1.5. XJDF contains major architectural changes and has been greatly simplified with respect to JDF 1.5.
These are the publication review specifications as called for in section V of the CIP4 intellectual Property Policy which can be found at: 

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 

https://confluence.cip4.org/display/PUB/XJDF+IP+Review

and

The 30 day publication review period ends on July 8 2017. Minor technical and editorial modifications may still be applied and will be tracked in the CIP4 issue tracking system: https://jira.cip4.org

 

Please let me know if you have any Intellectual Property related to JDF 1.6 or XJDF  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".