[dwc-material-sample] Draft doc on Organism, Occurrence, and MaterialSample

Stan Blum stanblum at gmail.com
Mon Nov 15 17:59:59 UTC 2021

Yes, I also think the boundary between organism and taxon is important to
get right.  I'm not sure it belongs on this page, though one of the next
scenarios I think does belong on this page is comes with "lots" --
multiple individuals together as one material sample. That starts to go the
direction of taxon, but it might not get there until we begin talking about
observations -- really large numbers of (or very endangered species!)

Does the organism - taxon distinction deserve its own "page"?

On Mon, Nov 15, 2021 at 6:29 AM John Wieczorek <tuco at berkeley.edu> wrote:

> Very nice wiki page, Stan! Thanks for that.
> One thing I wonder is whether we need to add Taxon to that list. I know
> that in discussions people have expressed conflicting opinions about
> whether there is a continuum from Organism to Taxon. If we can't dispel
> that, we'll have to conclude what that relationship actually is formally
> before we get very far with Organism. I don't want to spawn a discussion of
> that here in the mailing list, but I would really like to have that
> straight at the same time we try to make other definitions. Is it OK to get
> that into the mix?
> On Mon, Nov 15, 2021 at 6:29 AM Stan Blum <stanblum at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> While our discussions of issues have been very very helpful, they tend to
>> stray from the original title of the issue. I think it would be helpful if
>> we went at this with a bit more structure.   I think the progress we've
>> made indicates that we might be able to come to a consensus about the
>> concepts Organism, Occurrence, and MaterialSample, and in particular, how
>> they should be encoded so that they are correctly aggregated and
>> interpreted by end users.  So...
>> I've posted what we might use as a starter doc on the home page
>> <https://github.com/tdwg/material-sample/wiki> on our repository's wiki.
>> But I think it would be far easier to comment and revise this in
>> GoogleDocs.  So I'd like to propose that the group create a GoogleDocs
>> folder with everyone having edit rights.  I'll invite you using the email
>> address you've used to subscribe to the mailing list.  If you prefer to use
>> another account for GoogleDocs, please let me know (by direct reply) and
>> I'll add that account as well.  If editing takes off in the GoogleDoc, I'll
>> delete that content from the wiki page as it gets out of date.
>> With best regards,
>> Stan
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