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

Quentin Groom quentin.groom at plantentuinmeise.be
Fri Oct 2 04:30:38 UTC 2020

Hi John,
thanks for the good news! It really has been a team effort and your help
has been really appreciated.

On Thu, 1 Oct 2020 at 14:47, John Wieczorek <tuco at berkeley.edu> wrote:

> These proposed changes, which have passed public review and will be
> prepared for review by the TDWG Executive Committee as soon as possible.
> Congratulations to Quentin Groom and colleagues for an exemplary and
> successful contribution to the evolution of Darwin Core.
> On Mon, Aug 31, 2020 at 1:36 PM John Wieczorek <tuco at berkeley.edu> wrote:
>> 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 (
>>    https://github.com/tdwg/dwc/issues/235
>>    <https://tdwg.us9.list-manage.com/track/click?u=50f3cc44307841383062ca0d6&id=f71640caa3&e=1ee0c9ecbc>
>>    )
>>    - Add two new terms: pathway https://github.com/tdwg/dwc/issues/236
>>    <https://tdwg.us9.list-manage.com/track/click?u=50f3cc44307841383062ca0d6&id=32c8b759c4&e=1ee0c9ecbc>)
>>    and degreeOfEstablishment (https://github.com/tdwg/dwc/issues/237
>>    <https://tdwg.us9.list-manage.com/track/click?u=50f3cc44307841383062ca0d6&id=44251aee62&e=1ee0c9ecbc>
>>    )
>>    - Add controlled vocabularies to use with these three terms (
>>    https://github.com/tdwg/dwc/issues/257
>>    <https://tdwg.us9.list-manage.com/track/click?u=50f3cc44307841383062ca0d6&id=e70cdfd5c7&e=1ee0c9ecbc>
>>    , https://github.com/tdwg/dwc/issues/258
>>    <https://tdwg.us9.list-manage.com/track/click?u=50f3cc44307841383062ca0d6&id=d12f5eb4b3&e=1ee0c9ecbc>
>>    , https://github.com/tdwg/dwc/issues/259
>>    <https://tdwg.us9.list-manage.com/track/click?u=50f3cc44307841383062ca0d6&id=ffff788529&e=1ee0c9ecbc>
>>    )
>> 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
>> (http://rs.tdwg.org/vms/doc/specification/#33-changes-to-vocabulary-terms
>> <https://tdwg.us9.list-manage.com/track/click?u=50f3cc44307841383062ca0d6&id=8740af2eb4&e=1ee0c9ecbc>)
>> 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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