[tdwg-tag] Future management of the TAG

Lee Belbin leebel at netspace.net.au
Mon Nov 3 05:40:38 CET 2008

Hi Roger


I think this is an excellent arrangement. I will do what I can to support
the work. Thanks for the wonderful work you have done, and particularly the
terrific Roadmap document this year.


BTW: Donald had a phone meeting last Thursday concerning eBiosphere. The
meeting was positive. Cyndi suggested that it may be good for TDWG to have
some side meetings on the Wednesday afternoon of eBiosphere. (Blank time).
I’ve emailed the rest of the executive suggesting that it may be useful to
have some work on at least the TDWG ontology and LSIDs at this time. These
should be key issues for segments of eBiosphere, EoL etc.



Lee Belbin

TDWG Secretariat


From: tdwg-tag-bounces at lists.tdwg.org
[mailto:tdwg-tag-bounces at lists.tdwg.org] On Behalf Of Roger Hyam
Sent: Thursday, 30 October 2008 10:28 PM
To: Technical Architecture Group mailing list
Subject: [tdwg-tag] Future management of the TAG


Dear All,


As mentioned in an earlier email I intend to stand down as convener of the
TAG this year. The TDWG constitution does not specify how subgroups should
select their conveners though it is presumed by most people I consulted that
all such decisions should be made on the basis of consensus.


During TDWG 2008 we had a number of discussions concerning how we should
move forward and have come up with the suggestion below. We were very aware
that not everyone in the TAG was present at TDWG 2008 and so this is just a
suggestion to be put to the wider group through the mailing list with an
opportunity for people to feed back.


If you agree or disagree please make your comments as soon as possible.
Either write to the list or to me personally.


If no major disagreement is found the changes below will take effect as of
21 November 2008


The new convener of the TAG will be Greg Whitbread (ANBG). Greg will take a
high level coordinating roll and will be assisted by volunteers who take
particular responsibility for areas in which their projects have a vested


Markus Döring (GBIF) will lead development of the ontology with a focus on
the needs for occurrence data and checklist integration by GBIF. Patrick
Leary (EoL) will feed in requirements from the Encyclopedia of Life species
pages perspective.


Kevin Richards (Landcare NZ) will head up development of GUIDs and Tim
Robertson (GBIF) will help with the DNS infrastructure for the SRV records
associated with LSID roll out.


Renato De Giovanni (CRIA) will continue to head up protocols in the form of
his work on TAPIR although he may be limited to the amount of time he can
spend because of other commitments.


Personally I still intend to be involved in TDWG and will contribute as time


All the best,





Roger Hyam
Roger at BiodiversityCollectionsIndex.org

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

20A Inverleith Row, Edinburgh, EH3 5LR, UK

Tel: +44 131 552 7171 ext 3015

Fax: +44 131 248 2901







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