[tdwg-ncd] NCD version 0.50

"Döring, Markus" m.doering at BGBM.org
Tue Mar 6 14:42:58 CET 2007

Hi Barbara,
I think excel is totally fine for our purpose. Please go ahead and we will see later how we finally keep this information. 

My immediate idea would be to include it later as a description in the RDF ontology (via dublincore metadata) - just like Roger Hyam did it for other TDWG standards. For example the specimen ontology relates itself to ABCD, DarwinCore and the "Berlin Model":


-----Original Message-----
From:	Barbara Mathe [mailto:bmathe at amnh.org]
Sent:	Thu 3/1/2007 11:18 PM
To:	Döring, Markus; Thomson, Neil
Cc:	tdwg-ncd at lists.tdwg.org
Subject:	RE: [tdwg-ncd] NCD version 0.50

Neil and Markus,

OK guys.  I am on this now.  (this weekend, actually)

Any suggestions as the best way to formulate this?  My past mappings have
been in Excel and I did not close out the expressions.  

What would be the best file format for future use?  Could I continue in
Excel and then you folks save in an xsd program?  
I would prefer to continue and edit the work I've done and concentrate on
the conceptual mappings rather than get bogged down in formatting.

Apologies for my ignorance but I don't normally work with xsd or xml files.

Please advise as to the most efficient and useful way for me to proceed. 



Barbara Mathé
Museum Archivist and Head of Library Special Collections
American Museum of Natural History Library
Central Park West @ 79 Street
New York, NY 10024
phone: 212 769-5419
fax: 212 769-5009

-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:tdwg-ncd-bounces at lists.tdwg.org] On Behalf Of Markus Döring
Sent: Tuesday, February 27, 2007 8:47 AM
To: Neil Thomson
Cc: tdwg-ncd at lists.tdwg.org
Subject: Re: [tdwg-ncd] NCD version 0.50

I have added v0.50 to the tdwg resource directory.

The schema resource is now available at:

If you want to refer to the schema, please use this URL:

The latest development version of NCD is also update and available at

best wishes

On Feb 27, 2007, at 10:04 AM, Neil Thomson wrote:

> 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
> <<NCDv0pt50.xsd>>
> -------
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> 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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> <NCDv0pt50.xsd>
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