[tdwg-content] RDF Task Group: next steps

Hilmar Lapp Hilmar.Lapp at duke.edu
Mon Sep 28 14:34:17 CEST 2015

In keeping with the notion that Task Groups are created in response to the need to create a specific product, which for the RDF TG was ostensibly the RDF guide, I would vote for disbanding.

I also think there are in principle good reasons to reconvene as an IG. However, my main reason to hesitate with that is how the prospective IG would clearly delineate itself from the TAG. So maybe the most natural course of action for those keen to keep discussion of current and emerging RDF technologies would be to join the TAG. 


> On Sep 27, 2015, at 2:55 PM, joel sachs <jsachs at csee.umbc.edu> wrote:
> 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 
> [3].
> 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!
> Cheers,
> Joel.
> 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: 
> http://lists.tdwg.org/pipermail/tdwg-content/2014-July/003274.html
> 5. summary of decision: 
> http://lists.tdwg.org/pipermail/tdwg-content/2014-November/003381.html
> 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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