Gary asked if I would post a copy of the questions I asked Beth at the NDS meeting last week in Rockville, MD, and of course I'm happy to do so. I am encouraged by the ongoing DF discussions. This is a new post instead of a comment to Gary's prompt, in case we wish to gather architecture related conversation in one thread.
I asked Beth two questions:
Q1: The slides say that the DFIG is not about an overall architecture, but they also say that it is about identifying mechanisms, standards, components and interfaces. If that collection of things is not an architecture, can we clarify what we mean by that term?
Q2: Also, as RDA TAB Co-chair, do you see the DFIG as an overall organizing influence for the big picture? If not, is that a role solely for the TAB and the TAB's RDA Roadmap, should a different IG play this role, or is this something outside of RDA's scope?
I got good responses from the panel and from Kathy Fontaine, who I think mentioned RDA might follow a "breadboard model" by enabling pieces to plug together without serving as an organizing influence. I thought this was a good way to frame the different approaches.
However, I will let the others who spoke represent their own views since I am not likely to get them right anyway.