[tdwg-content] Request for public comment on Darwin Core proposals

John Wieczorek tuco at berkeley.edu
Mon Aug 31 16:36:34 UTC 2020

The Darwin Core Maintenance Group is pleased to announce the opening of a
30 day review period (ending 30 September) and seek your feedback for the
following changes to Darwin Core that are of particular interest to those
documenting evidence of invasive and introduced species:

   - Change the definition of establishmentMeans (
   - Add two new terms: pathway https://github.com/tdwg/dwc/issues/236
   and degreeOfEstablishment (https://github.com/tdwg/dwc/issues/237
   - Add controlled vocabularies to use with these three terms (
   , https://github.com/tdwg/dwc/issues/258
   , https://github.com/tdwg/dwc/issues/259

Please leave comments on the issues linked above. If you are unable or
prefer not to create GitHub comments, send them to the Maintenance Group
convenor at gtuco.btuco at gmail.com. They will be added to the issues on your
behalf, crediting you as the source.
About the Process:

Because the Vocabulary Maintenance process is being put into effect
publicly for only the second time, and the first time for Darwin Core, it
is worthwhile to call out from the TDWG Vocabulary Maintenance Specification
how this works and where we are in the process.

"*Because the primary purpose of TDWG vocabularies is to facilitate data
sharing, it is necessary to show that multiple parties will benefit from
the change. As such, it is a minimum requirement that two independent
entities indicate that they desire the change (the demand requirement).
Additionally, it is required that there is a consensus within the community
that the proposed change will accomplish the desired outcome (the efficacy
requirement), and that making the change will not adversely affect the
interoperability of existing implementations that depend on the stability
of the vocabulary (the stability requirement).*"

The *demand requirement* has already been met and documented in the issues.
We are now interested in finding consensus in confirming the
*efficacy* and *stability
requirements*. This brings us to the public review, commencing with this
announcement. The steps, from the Specification, are as follows:


*If the maintaining Interest Group determines that the proposed term change
is likely to meet the demand, efficacy, and stability requirements, it will
conduct a minimum 30 day comment period. The start of the comment period
will be announced on the TDWG email list [TDWG-CONTENT]. In an effort to
reach consensus, the proposal may be modified based on discussion during
the comment period. Consensus is indicated by no dissenting opinion
expressed publicly on the mailing list for 30 days from the most recent
modification of the proposal. The term change proposal may be modified by
its submitter or the Interest Group in an attempt to shape a proposal that
can achieve community consensus. A change in the official proposal will
trigger the start of a new 30 day period.If the Interest Group believes
that a consensus has been reached, the proposal will be presented by the
Interest Group to the Executive Committee for a decision.*"

We look forward to your participation in this community process.
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