[tdwg-tag] georeferencedDate - Request for the addition of a new Darwin Core term

John Wieczorek tuco at berkeley.edu
Wed Jun 29 08:21:00 CEST 2011

I've scoured the terms and see no other date or accordingTo omissions
for other terms.

At first I thought that the 30 days would be up on Friday around 11am
Pacific Daylight Time and the term would pass into the ratified domain
having passed scrutiny by the TAG, based on Peter's submission date,
but, having never yet exercised the DwC ratification process, I
neglected to take into account that the TAG is supposed to make the
call for public comment and that should be open for 30 days if there
is no dissenting opinion. Sorry for the oversight, Peter. I know
you've been watching the clock for Friday.

Since this has to go to public comment, I think I should do the same
with all of the pending terms to reach conclusion on them all
simultaneously and put the ones that pass into the next release
(version). I'll create a preamble about what I'm about to do, then
create a thread for each of them, summarizing the status as I see it
and open them each to final comments with the intention of ratifying
the ones that have no apparent opposition. This will be in keeping
with the semi-annual review of terms that was suggested in the TAG
gathering at the last TDWG meeting.

Here is the list of terms still outstanding in the Issue tracker:

DigitalStillImage, which from the public discussion looks like it
should be scrapped

Individual and IndividualRemarks, which went through a great deal of
discussion without a clear conclusion

dcterms:source, which has not undergone public discussion

yearOfPublication to go with Taxon, which hasn't undergone public discussion

alive/dead status seems to have achieved the status of "dead"

geo:lat and geo:lng, the discussion for this began on tdwg-content and
I entered it as an issue. It's unclear if the discussion has reached a
definitive conclusion.

When the comment period is over, for all of the proposals for which
there is no dissent, then I'll make the necessary changes to the
standard and publish those, and make the announcement on tdwg-content.

Any dissent on this proposal? Doesn't matter, I'm going to do it anyway. ;-)

On Wed, Jun 1, 2011 at 2:10 PM, Jim Croft <jim.croft at gmail.com> wrote:
> yes. Are there any other after-market actions that do not have dates
> (and people/agents) associated with them?
> jim
> On Thu, Jun 2, 2011 at 4:04 AM, John Wieczorek <tuco at berkeley.edu> wrote:
>> I completely agree with this proposal. It was an oversight not to have
>> included it with the rest of the georeferencing terms in DwC at the
>> outset. Now there are apps that need to include this, and it would be
>> nice if it was an official term.
>> On Wed, Jun 1, 2011 at 10:52 AM, Peter Desmet <peter.desmet at umontreal.ca> wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> Following the Darwin Core Term Change Policy
>>> (http://rs.tdwg.org/dwc/terms/namespace/index.htm#classesofchanges), I
>>> am hereby submitting a request for the addition of a new Darwin Core
>>> term: georeferencedDate.
>>> I've also submitted this request as an issue on the Darwin Core Google
>>> Code site: http://code.google.com/p/darwincore/issues/detail?id=104
>>> Term Name: georeferencedDate
>>> Identifier: http://rs.tdwg.org/dwc/terms/georeferencedDate
>>> Namespace: http://rs.tdwg.org/dwc/terms/
>>> Label: georeferencedDate
>>> Definition: The date on which the georeference of the Location was
>>> determined. Recommended best practice is to use an encoding scheme,
>>> such as ISO 8601:2004(E).
>>> Comment: Example: "2011-03-01T13:59-0500" is 1 Mar 2011 1:59pm in the
>>> time zone five hours earlier than UTC.
>>> Type of Term: http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#Property
>>> Refines: http://purl.org/dc/terms/date
>>> Status:
>>> Date Issued: 2011-06-01
>>> Date Modified:
>>> Member Of:
>>> Has Domain:
>>> Has Range:
>>> Decision:
>>> Version:
>>> Replaces:
>>> Is Replaced By:
>>> Class: http://purl.org/dc/terms/Location
>>> ABCD 2.06: not in ABCD
>>> Submitter: Peter Desmet
>>> Justification: A georeferencing date allows chronological sorting of
>>> multiple georeferences for one location, identification of the most
>>> recent georeference, etc. This term is already used at georeferencing
>>> workshops (based on the GBIF 2006 Guide to best practices for
>>> georeferencing) and in numerous collection databases. It will also
>>> become one of the outputs of the new BioGeomancer.
>>> It's justification is similar to the one for dateIdentified.
>>> The term could be called "dateGeoreferenced" (cf. "dateIdentified"),
>>> "georeferenceDate" (cf. "georeferenceProtocol" and "eventDate") or
>>> "georeferencedDate" (cf. "georeferencedBy").
>>> Thank you for reviewing this request.
>>> Peter
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