[Tdwg-tag] Position of GBIF in architecture and centralization ofservices.

Lee Belbin leebel at netspace.net.au
Tue Mar 7 04:15:56 CET 2006

Hi Roger
On the Wiki, I'm moved to clarify the status of the TDWG Infrastructure
Project and GBIF in relation to the TAG. I feel that this is only fair to
enable Donald to wade in there with GBIF as well as TDWG glasses on. This is
as appropriate for Donald as it is for anyone else. It is also appreciated.
I know that I speak for the TIP Team when I say that there are no hidden
agendas. We genuinely seek the best for the broadest community.

Lee Belbin
Manager, TDWG Infrastructure Project
Email: lee at tdwg.org
Phone: +61(0)419 374 133 



From: Tdwg-tag-bounces at lists.tdwg.org
[mailto:Tdwg-tag-bounces at lists.tdwg.org] On Behalf Of Roger Hyam
Sent: Tuesday, 7 March 2006 3:47 AM
To: Tdwg-tag at lists.tdwg.org
Subject: [Tdwg-tag] Position of GBIF in architecture and centralization

I have added two agreed issues to the TAG wiki on the basis of the
discussions over the past few days. I won't add this to the end of the
current threads as they are way off their original topics.

I hope they will lay some ghosts to rest so we don't have to drag them up
again to often - provided we all agree on them that is!

The new points I believe we can agree on are:

The standards architecture developed and promoted by TDWG must be entirely
separate from the GBIF data portal.
Although GBIF is involved in administering the TDWG Infrastructure Project
which, in turn, has recommended the establishment of the TAG this in no way
implies that any technical architecture proposed by the TAG will or should
give the needs of the GBIF data portal any more weight than any other
individual or group within the TDWG. Any proposals made by the TAG will be
accompanied by technical justifications. It should therefore be clear if
proposals are being made merely to facilitate the short term work of the
GBIF data portal and not for the long term benefit of all. 

Centralization of services
The TDWG architecture should not rely on any third party providing a
particular piece of infrastructure indefinitely. This effectively rules out
the architecture being based on any centralized data warehouse or indexing
service beyond the hosting of standards files by TDWG itself - possibly as
part of its collaborative infrastructure.

You can read all agreed issues here:


I believe this closes issues of whether we are building a global system or
just specifying standards that could be used to collaboratively build a
global system should people feel the need to do it.

Speak now for forever hold your peace!

All the best,





 Roger Hyam

 Technical Architect

 Taxonomic Databases Working Group



 roger at tdwg.org

 +44 1578 722782

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