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Comment: Rearrange WG charter into Project description


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TAC Member SponsorDaniel Heckenberg
Chairperson(s)Michael B. Johnson


Describe the purpose of the group in no more that 4-5 sentences.

The ASWF Assets Working Group is tasked with coming up with a clear strategy for how the ASWF might curate and host some set of digital assets that are of value to both our software projects and the larger development community we serve.

This group needs to decide on a framework for what those assets might be, where we might get them, and decided on the initial process of acquiring and hosting them.


Goals are the distinct outcomes that are to be anticipated from the working group, serving as a method for validating activities.

Mission and Goals

In order to encourage development and research that addresses the true scale, scope and requirements of computer graphics film production, the ASWF Asset Repository seeks to:

  • Publish curated exemplars of the data sets used in our industry.
  • Maintain these exemplars to be useful as:
    • Test sets for ASWF projects and other open source projects;
    • Robustness and conformance tests for software authors, including commercial software vendors; and
    • Inspiration and illustration for research. This could include aspirational data sets too difficult to use in production.
    • Examples available for use in presentations, documentation, and marketing materials.


Non-goals are things that the working group are intentionally choosing not to do, the things not expected to change due to the working groups efforts, or the subject matter areas that the working groups doesn’t want to address at this time.

  • These are not intended as educational training assets, nor as “best practices” examples. On the contrary, ideally they exhibit some of the variety and warts of production data. (They may still be valuable for education.)
  • This is not a “digital backlot” of reusable assets for production, nor a marketplace for personal projects. It is tightly curated. The license terms prohibit using th
  • These are not complete conformance tests nor regression test suites for open source projects. Maintenance of such test suites is best left to the individual projects.


provide a list of planned deliverables, or links to the deliverables. A best practice is to have a directory named deliverables in the repo for hosting and managing deliverables.

Encourage and engage


  • Encouraging contributions
    • Engage with major studios to publish complex film production assets.
      • To fill in gaps of coverage, engage with non-studio film producers such as Blender Foundation.
  • Make it easy:
    • Licenses: Provide a consistent license or very small set of licenses. Currently ASWF legal is setting up a meeting w/Governing Board representatives and their legal representatives.
    • Hosting: TBD where it is valuable and practical for ASWF to host the actual files (which may be large).
  • Make it clear:
    • Wish list: Gather Maintain a Wish List gathers requests and specifications from ASWF projects.
    • To do: Establish criteria for acceptance. Establish a curating mechanism.
    • Consider creating To do: Create an ASWF seal of approval for an asset, as being representative of current film production scale and content. Over time, Since film production evolves ; renew over time, this approval will carry a date, and may be renewed as appropriate.
  • License
  • Publishing
    • To do: Set up public access at http://assets.
  • Make it useful:
    • (or similar).
    • Where it is valuable and practical, ASWF can host the actual files (which may be large). Details TBD.
  • Formats and Maintenance
    • Initially, the studio may present the asset(s) in any publicly readable format.
    • Subsequently, it may be valuable to conform the asset to open file formats, but this can be a large . This can take substantial effort. Coordinate with the studio, community, and possibly ASWF interns to do this.
      • In general there are two kinds of assets: “warts and all” production assets, which are great for testing robustness of software, and “clean and portable” assets, which are great for getting started, and for research projects.
    • Over time, file File formats evolve. Establish procedures to version and maintain the assets.
    • To do: Life cycle. Establish criteria/procedure for retiring assets.

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