[tdwg-content] Darwin Core Public Review status

John Wieczorek tuco at berkeley.edu
Wed Jun 2 22:19:20 UTC 2021

Dear all,

The initial 30-day Darwin Core review (with a one-day bonus) is now over.
The Darwin Core Maintenance Group has reviewed the proposals that were
under consideration and has considered that consensus has been achieved on
30 issues (
which will now be progressed towards ratification.

Ten issues remain controversial. Of these, six have been recommended to go
to task groups for resolution (occurrenceStatus, occurrenceStatus
controlled vocabulary, preparations, disposition, associatedSequences,
biome). The other four contentious issues (individualCount, verbatimLabel,
identificationQualifier, subgenus) will remain open under public review for
another 30 days in pursuit of consensus so as not to lose any momentum.
None of these ten issues will be included in the release resulting from
this public review, which will proceed with the changes embodied in the
aforementioned 30 resolved issues.

Preparations are now under way for a release candidate to be presented to
the TDWG Executive Committee for approval with the assistance of the
Technical Architecture Group. Once presented, the Executive Committee has
30 days within which to decide to ratify all, part, or none of the proposed


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