I’m preparing the FDIS text for 639-3 and need to act on
the disposition of ballot comments accepted by WG1 at the
The issue of JAC membership needs to be clarified. Currently section A.3 contains the statement "ISO 639/RA/JAC shall include one representative of the ISO 639-3/RA." It is not clear if this means that one of the existing three representatives from TC37 will serve that funtion or if this is a fourth representative from TC37. At the ISO 639-RA/JAC meeting in January 2004, it was agreed that the makeup of the JAC should maintain a balance of representation from TC 37 and TC 46 — 3 members each — and thus that a representative of SIL (the designated RA for 639-3) should fill one of the three TC 37 positions.
This WG decision for this comment was not accepted, with the following note:
The consensus of the working group is that the make-up of the JAC should include three representative each from TC 37 and from TC 46, and in addition should include one representative each from the registration authorities for part 1, part 2 and part 3; that is, a total membership of 9. The representatives from registration authorities are not perceived to be representing either TC 37 or TC 46.
As project editor, I basically have no choice but to make sure the FDIS for 639-3 reflects that decision. Of course, this is something that the JAC will probably want to process, which is why I mention it here.
One small issue is that we will end up with essentially two different statements regarding the make-up of the ISO 639-RA/JAC: one statement found in part 1 and in part 2, and another in part 3:
Here’s the statement from ISO 639-1:2002, which is identical to that in ISO 639-2:1998:
ISO 639/RA-JAC is composed of
¾ one representative of the International Information Centre for Terminology (Infoterm; representing ISO 639-1/RA),
¾ one representative of the Library of Congress (LC; representing ISO 639-2/RA),
¾ three representatives of ISO/TC 37 (nominated by ISO/TC 37), and
¾ three representatives of ISO/TC 46 (nominated by ISO/TC 46).
Both ISO/TCs may nominate substitute representatives.
Here’s the statement from ISO/DIS 639-3 (which will not change in this regard in the FDIS – statements having to do with responsibilities but not composition omitted):
The composition and responsibilities of ISO 639/RA-JAC are defined in ISO 639-1, A.3 and ISO 639-2, A.3. This part of ISO 639 adds the following to the definition:
¾ ISO 639/RA-JAC shall include one representative of the ISO 639-3/RA.
Thus, the statement in 639-3 is written as though it were effectively amending the statement in parts 1 and 2. Since nobody besides the JAC is affected by statements of its composition, it seems to me that the difference between the two statements is not a problem as long as we have an understanding among us regarding who the members are.