[tdwg-ncd] NCD version 0.50

Neil Thomson N.Thomson at nhm.ac.uk
Tue Feb 27 10:04:38 CET 2007

Dear all,

Please find attached version 0.50 of NCD. The following changes from
v0.40 have been made:

Version 0.40 to 0.50 -  (February 2007)
	Ensured all elements with a language attribute are repeatable
(if not already)
		- AgentRole
		- Note (in Agents)
		- CollectionName
		- Abstract
		- DescriptionForSpecialists
		- Citation
		- Notes (in Descriptive Group)
		- AccessRestrictions
		- UsageRestrictions
		- CustodialHistory
		- InstitutionName
		- SubunitName
		- InstitutionalContactPost
		- Town 
		- Region 
		- CountryName
		- ExpeditionName
	Removed language attribute from <PostalAddressText> - assume
native language
	Added <PhysicalAddressText> to cater for P.O.Boxes to
Institution Group
	Added <SubUnitName> to Institution Group

I hope that no further changes will be required until we get more
operational experience of working with NCD, but do please let me know as
soon as possible if there is anything glaringly wrong or missing. I also
hope that these changes should not have much of an impact on any
implementations based on the previous version.

The intention is that this version remains as is for some time, so that
the tasks we undertake this year can be based on a stable version of the
standard. This includes the production of the NCD Toolkit by NLBIF, the
conversion to RDF by Markus and the documentation and mappings being
coordinated by Connie. A complete list of deliverables for the year is
(or will be shortly) on the wikis.

I will be placing the updated file, with text-based and image-based
derivations, on the NCD Website and on the RAVNS Basecamp in due course.

For those of you that are aiming to attend the NCD 2007 Workshop, the
dates are almost confirmed as June 18th and 19th, with ETI in Amsterdam
as the host institution. More information on this later.

With all best wishes,

Neil Thomson
Head of Data & Digital Systems
The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD
Tel: +44 (0)20 7942 5294, 
Fax: +44 (0)20 7942 5559, 
Email: n.thomson at nhm.ac.uk

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