That is not at all a bad idea in principle. It needs to be looked into
exactly how this may be done, but I shall raise the issue with the
organizations in question.

Best regards

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-----Original Message-----
From: ISO 639 Joint Advisory Committee [mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf
Of Michael Everson
Sent: 2. april 2002 13:08
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Subject: Re: Liaisons to JAC

At 12:08 +0200 2002-04-02, Håvard Hjulstad wrote:
>Dear colleagues,
>Since I raised the question of liaisons to ISO 639 Joint Advisory Committee
>(my first email was dated 2002-03-04) there has not been very much
>discussion, although a few concerns have been raised regarding some of the
>organizations that I suggested.

I think, in fairness, that if the commercial organizations are to be
allowed to make use of *our* collective expertise (regardless of what
contribution they may be seen to give), then the rest of us ought to
be afforded free access to their (expensive) materials. As a
condition for their participation.

I said this a month ago:

I would like to see your rationale for choosing them. Two of them
(Linguasphere and the LDC) are *selling* linguistic data at rather
exorbitant prices. One of them (FEL) charges a membership fee, and
while it apparently gives out some research grants, I'd like to know
what specific input you expect to get and why you named the people
you named.

You responded to this, but I was not convinced by your answer, which
did not refer to any of the specific organizations or specific income.
Michael Everson *** Everson Typography ***