Technical Team/Minutes/2020-05-12

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May 12, 2020


  • Alexios Zavras
  • Nisha Kumar
  • Steve Winslow
  • Kate Stewart
  • William Bartholomew
  • Gary O’Neall
  • Rose Judge
  • Thomas Steenbergen
  • Takashi Ninjouji
  • Santiago Torres
  • Peter Shin

2.2 - Publishing Spec

  • Jack provided an update
  • Issue with links within the document
    • Pandoc is interpreting the links between docs as URL
    • It appears that there is an incompatibility between Pandocs and the web page generation
    • Thomas knows of a redirect plugin – will attempt to find this to resolve the issue

SPDX 2.2.1

  • Some issues with cross-references, similar to the 2.2 publishing spec
  • Horizontal scrollbars for the XML examples don’t render well in .docx format
    • Rex will put in breaks
  • Inconsistency in Annex sub-clause numbering
    • Rex suggested numbering in a consistent formatting as chapters
    • Rex and Kate will follow-up
  • Marking annexes as normative or informative (issue 256)
    • Steve will take this one
  • Need help with Conformance Clause
  • Need help with Composition of an SPDX document (issue 330)
    • Rose volunteered to take a look
  • Overall, good progress on implementation
  • Kate has a backlog of PR’s to review and merge


  • Gary welcomed all the students
  • Mentors should be reaching out to students and setup meetings

New Website

  • New URL for the main website
    • and will remain the same
  • 1 to 2 weeks we should be “throwing the switch”
  • Content for the website should be updated
  • Moving the SPDX wiki over to github
    • Proposal to create a new Github wiki “Governance”
    • One repo for all SPDX with folders for each team
    • Attempt to copy all Wiki content over
    • Thomas suggested automating the conversion
    • No one objected to move over

SPDX 3.0

  • Merging changes from 2.2 and 2.2.1 into 3.0
    • Proposal to reset the 3.0 branch
    • Take a snapshot of the current 3.0
    • Re-branch from 2.2 into 3.0 and re-update
  • Over the next week, update the YAML and JSON examples into 2.X
  • 2.2.1 to become more stable
  • Then reset the branch
  • Discussion on automating creating of markdown or OWL schema
    • Will discuss in more detail on next week’s call
    • General consensus to have the markdown as the source since it is easier to edit
  • Santiago will share a doc with the linkage profile ideas
  • Should we have a separate mailing list?
    • Security may not want to be on the same general mailing list
    • If any of the profile leads would like to have a separate mail list, contact Kate
  • Peter is pulling together a use case document for 3.0
    • Currently includes Nisha’s use cases
    • Will be a Google Doc for now