--- title: Vocabulary Maintenance Standard (VMS) summary: The TDWG Vocabulary Maintenance Standard consists of a single document: the [Vocabulary Maintenance Specification](https://github.com/tdwg/vocab/blob/master/vms/maintenance-specification.md). That document describes the processes used to modify TDWG vocabularies and their associated documents. cover_image: https://images.unsplash.com/photo-1502911679107-2b54f5c0292c cover_image_by: Igor Ovsyannykov cover_image_ref: https://unsplash.com/photos/VkFhaQHVcE4 tags: best practice, current standard, 2017 github: https://github.com/tdwg/vocab/tree/master/vms ---
Title : Vocabulary Maintenance Standard
Date ratified : 2017-04-25
Status : Current standard
Category : Best current practice
Permanent IRI : http://www.tdwg.org/standards/642
Abstract : The TDWG Vocabulary Maintenance Standard consists of a single document: the Vocabulary Maintenance Specification. That document describes the processes used to modify TDWG vocabularies and their associated documents.
Contributors : Steve Baskauf (TDWG Vocabulary Maintenance Specification Task Group), John Wieczorek (TDWG Darwin Core Interest Group), Stan Blum (TDWG Process Interest Group), Robert A. Morris (UMASS-Boston, TDWG Imaging Interest Group), Jonathan Rees (Duke University), Joel Sachs (TDWG RDF Task Group), Greg Whitbread (TDWG Technical Architecture Group). Review manager: Dag Endresen (GBIF Norway/NHM University of Oslo)
Creator : Vocabulary Maintenance Specification Task Group, Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG)
Bibliographic citation : > Vocabulary Maintenance Specification Task Group (2017) Vocabulary Maintenance Standard (Endresen D, review manager). Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) http://www.tdwg.org/standards/642
TDWG vocabularies are a collection of standardized terms and their definitions. Vocabulary standards differ from other Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) standards in that they are likely to change more often over time as they evolve to meet the changing needs of the biodiversity informatics community. These changes may be incremental, making it impractical to apply the full TDWG standards process to every change. The TDWG Vocabulary Maintenance Specification details the categories of changes that can be made to a TDWG vocabulary standard, the mechanisms used to achieve those changes, and the entities that are responsible for shepherding those changes through the process.
This standard is intended for those who are involved in making changes to TDWG vocabulary standards. That includes those who want to submit change proposals and members of Interest Groups who are responsible for vocabulary maintenance.
Parts of the standard
The TDWG Vocabulary Maintenance Standard is described by a single document, the Vocabulary Maintenance Specification.
- It is viewable in human-readable form at: https://github.com/tdwg/vocab/blob/master/vms/maintenance-specification.md
- It is available in Markdown format at: https://raw.githubusercontent.com/tdwg/vocab/master/vms/maintenance-specification.md
- Its machine-readable metadata are available in RDF/Turtle serialization at: https://raw.githubusercontent.com/tdwg/vocab/master/vms/maintenance-specification.ttl