[tdwg-content] RDF Task Group: next steps

joel sachs jsachs at csee.umbc.edu
Sun Sep 27 20:55:05 CEST 2015

Greeting to everyone in Nairobi and to TDWGers everywhere,

Members of the RDF task group [1] are already aware that Steve Baskauf 
stepped down as co-convenor earlier this year. It would be hard to 
overstate the extent and significance of Steve's efforts as co-convenor, 
culminating in the ratification of the Darwin Core RDF Guide [2] this past 
March. Steve is continuing his efforts towards clarity in biodiversity 
informatics as head of the Vocabulary Maintenance Specification task group 

With the release and ratification of the guide, together with the earlier 
work on term documentation  [4, 5]  we face the question "What next?". 
Options include i) disbanding; ii) reconvening as an Interest Group [6] 
with the broad mandate of keeping abreast of developments in RDF 
technology and best practises, and discussing how those developments 
could/should affect TDWG practises; and iii) continuing as a task group 
with a fresh, narrow mandate from the TAG. I invite perspectives and 
opinions on this, both from current task group members, and also from TDWG 
as a whole.

To those in Kenya, I wish you all a wonderful meeting!


1. https://code.google.com/p/tdwg-rdf/
2. http://rs.tdwg.org/dwc/terms/guides/rdf/index.htm
3. https://github.com/tdwg/vocab/blob/master/README.md
4. overview of rationale: 
5. summary of decision: 
6. Recall that, in TDWG, Interest Groups foster discussion, seek to 
develop consensus around approaches to information sharing, and maintain 
and update products as required; Task Groups are created by Interest 
Groups to create specific products (such as best practices documents or 
vocabulary standards).

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