[tdwg-tag] "Quality" in TDWG Standards

Roger Hyam roger at tdwg.org
Sat Nov 24 15:32:39 CET 2007

Dear Tags,

Bob Morris and Chuck Miller have made some interesting comments on  
this page in the wiki:


I'd like to throw this open to a wider audience as I am aware that  
many of you are not on the notify list of the wiki pages.

The question in hand (as I see it) is this.

The TAG has a role to play maintaining the "quality" of TDWG  
standards. If the executive (or any other member of TDWG) asks the TAG  
what its opinion on a particular standard or proposed activity is how  
should the TAG respond.

1) Should it have a list of criteria that guide it in assessing the  

2) Should it take a completely ad hoc approach to each request?

My opinion is that we should have at least a list of basic criteria  
even if some of those criteria are not appropriate to all situations.  
Before we embark on building such a list does anyone disagree with the  
notion of having a list at all?

I'll take a week of silence as assent.

Many thanks for you brain cycles on this,


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