[tdwg-content] official home of the "TDWG GUID Applicability Statement" ?

Steve Baskauf steve.baskauf at vanderbilt.edu
Fri Sep 30 15:36:46 CEST 2016

I think that you should consider what you found at


as the authoritative source.  I believe that the TDWG GitHub repository 
is now considered to be the place where the permanent, official copies 
of standards are stored.  The various links at wiki.tdwg.org and 
www.tdwg.org are probably holdovers from the old TDWG website that have 
not been cleaned up and made current.  I put the pdf version located at


online as a way for people to view the document directly in a browser 
without having to unzip an archive and own a copy of Microsoft Word 
(which used to be the only way to look at the document).  It should be 
exactly the same as the final version of the standard that you see on 
the GitHub site.  However, it does not have any official standing - it's 
something that I just did for convenience.

We do not currently have a ratified Standards Documentation 
Specification standard, but we probably will soon, and when we do, it is 
likely that it will specify that standards documents should be easily 
accessible and viewable without requiring any software that isn't freely 
available for free.  In that case, it would be unacceptable for the 
final version of a standard to be published as a Word document.  
Presumably, we would go back to the older standards and make sure that 
each one is viewable as HTML, MarkDown, or PDF so that they could easily 
be viewable in a browser.


Stoner, Dan wrote:
> I found this:
> http://bioimages.vanderbilt.edu/pages/guid-applicability-final-2011-01.pdf
> but have not found the same document at tdwg.org.
> It is not in the list of documents on this page:
> http://www.tdwg.org/activities/guid/documents/
> (Feature request... if possible add some kind of "date" column. to the GUID Documents and Reports table).
> I notice that the "GUID" section of the wiki that is linked from the main page does not seem to exist.
> http://wiki.tdwg.org/GUID/
> or
> http://www.tdwg.org/activities/guid/guid-wiki/
> I think maybe I found the Word Document source in github...
> https://github.com/tdwg/guid-as
> Thanks,
> Dan Stoner
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