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README.md

VOCAB - Vocabulary Maintenance Specification Task Group

The VOCAB charter was approved on 2015-05-11, establishing it as a Task Group under the Process Interest Group of Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG). The charter can be viewed here.

Current versions of draft specifications

These documents are mutable and represent the most recent commits.

Human-readable TDWG Standards Documentation Specification submission

Human-readable TDWG Vocabulary Maintenance Specification submission

TDWG Standards Documentation Specification metadata as RDF/Turtle

TDWG Vocabulary Maintenance Specification metadata as RDF/Turtle

Draft Specifications for submission for public comment 2017-01-23

This release contains the versions of the Standards Documentation Specification and Vocabulary Maintenance Specifications as submitted to the Review manager at the time of the request for initiation of public review.

Expert reviews

The following materials are related to the expert review conducted from September through November 2016. The Review Manager summary was considered by the Executive Committee and released to the Task Group in December 2016. The response of the Task Group to reviews and list of changes made to create the draft submitted for public comment are linked.

Review Manager summary of the expert reviews (pdf) (Microsoft Word format)

Copy of Standards Documentation Specification with inserted review comments (Word format)

Copy of Vocabulary Maintenance Specification with inserted review comments (Word format)

Response to reviewers from Task Group

List of major changes made by Task Group

Draft Specifications for submission for appointment of review manager 2016-08-02

This release contains the versions of the Standards Documentation Specification and Vocabulary Maintenance Specifications as submitted to the TDWG Executive Committee upon request for the appointment of a review manager. The request was approved and Dag Endresen was appointed review manager. These versions were the ones reviewed by the expert reviewers solicited by the review manager.

Participating in the Task Group

To participate in the task group, go to the Issues Tracker and click on "Watch". You may need to sign up for a GitHub account and log in before "watching".

To initiate discussion on an issue, open a new issue in the tracker. Opening or commenting on an existing issue will generate emails to others who are watching the tracker.

Meeting notes

2015-07-15 Google Hangout (attended by core members)

2016-05-04 Google Hangout

2016-07-25 Google Hangout

Background

Here are some key documents that form crucial background for our discussions:

Notes (background research, use cases, preliminary models)

Notes on terminology related to vocabularies

Vocabularies and models for documenting RDF vocabularies

Summary of processes used by other standards organizations

Notes on ISO 25964-1 and -2 (on Thesauri and interoperability)

Use cases and implementation reports in standards and vocabulary development

Draft hierarchy model of 2017-01-23

Notes on a preliminary hierarchy model including definitions and use cases

Notes on preliminary version model including definitions and use cases

Use cases for linking metadata according to version and hierarchy models

Preferred citation

Vocabulary Maintenance Specification task group. 2017. Vocabulary Maintenance Specification (VOCAB), Version 2017-01-23. Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) http://www.tdwg.org/standards/147