SDD XML discussion in Sydney

John C. Turnbull ozemale at OZEMAIL.COM.AU
Wed Oct 24 00:50:17 CEST 2001

I'd be interested Bob :-)

----- Original Message -----
From: "Robert A. (Bob) Morris" <ram at CS.UMB.EDU>
Sent: Thursday, October 04, 2001 9:57 AM
Subject: SDD XML discussion in Sydney

> I found last year that I was torn between the accessions working group
> and the sdd working group, so
> I wonder if anyone is interested in about a half-day pre-meeting
> discussion of XML schemas/DTD for descriptive data on the afternoon of
> November 8, to continue in the regular meeting. Based on our own
> experience in our Electronic Field Guide project, my current belif is
> that descriptive data will generally need much smaller schemas than
> accession data, largely because
> (a). the latter is likely to have tags for a lot of stuff descriptive
> pages need anyway and (b). mostly what is needed is some stuff to be
> able to provide data typing information to characters. XSchema is
> quite good at this.
> Because of (a) I will lobby in the accessions group for a clean
> separation of markup that's about biological and spatio/temporal
> concepts from markup that's about records. It may be that events,
> e.g. collection events is another area of overlap. Indeed, one focus
> of a premeeting might be to take the output of the accessions work and
> see what overlap there is in desired markup.
> Bob Morris

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