# [tdwg-tag] Differences in thinking between TDWG and LinkedData groups about data sharing / integration

Bob Morris morris.bob at gmail.com
Thu Apr 23 17:56:39 CEST 2009

"described by anyone" is not the same as "described by anyone in any way
convenient to the describer", so I find this quotation somewhat
disingenuous. More precisely, I wonder what TDWG standard or proposed
standard you find enables fiefdoms \in ways that are impossible under some
other solution to the problem the standard addresses/.

Bob Morris

On Thu, Apr 23, 2009 at 10:47 AM, Peter DeVries <pete.devries at gmail.com>wrote:

> This paragraph below seems to encapsulate the differences in thinking
> between the linkeddata community and
> some of the TDWG people on how to best share biodiversity data.
>
> *"The notion of a fabric of resources that are individually described,
> queried, and resolved may seem unmanageable or like science fiction. For
> organizations that are used to large, manual, centralized efforts to
> standardize on everything, it may seem anarchic to allow resources to grow
> organically and be described by anyone. The same people would probably not
> believe the Web possible in the first place if there were not already ample
> proof of its success."*
>
> REST for Java developers, Part 4: The future is RESTful
> From
> http://www.javaworld.com/javaworld/jw-04-2009/jw-04-rest-series-4.html?page=4
>
> I think that some people may have lost sight of the goal of making data
> available to improve the understanding of our
> natural world and hopefully better manage our natural resources.
>
> It does not seem that creating a distributed network of fiefdoms will help
> us achieve this goal.
>
> - Pete
>
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> Pete DeVries
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> University of Wisconsin - Madison
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