[tdwg-tag] RDF/OWL Good Practices Task Group

joel sachs jsachs at csee.umbc.edu
Mon Sep 19 21:46:44 CEST 2011

Greetings everyone,

After some back and forth amongst Steve Baskauf, myself, Greg Whitbread, 
and the executive, we've decided to move forward with an RDF/OWL task 
group, convened under the TAG. Our task will be to deliver a document 
i. use cases and competency questions;
ii. well documented examples of addressing those use cases via rdf and 
sparql; and
iii. discussion of advantages and disadvantages of the approaches 
illustrated by the examples.

Our draft charter is at
and we welcome comments, suggestions, and better ideas. One area where 
we're still open is the question of whether or not our deliverable should 
be an official Best Current Practice document [1]. The charter reflects 
our current feeling that it should not. After we deliver our "book of use 
cases and examples", options would include being re-chartered by the TAG 
to produce a best practices document, spinning off as a "Semantic Web 
Interest Group", or disbanding (either in triumph or despair).

When we were planning to convene as an Interest Group, several of you 
accepted our invitation to serve as core members, and we hope that 
convening as a Task Group does not change your willingness to do so. If 
you would like to be a core member of the group, and we haven't yet 
contacted you, there's a good chance that we will. But don't wait! Feel 
free to volunteer for core membership. (And recall that you don't have to 
be a "core member to" contribute.)

In regards timeline, I'd like to incorporate any feedback we receive, and 
submit the charter to the executive at the end of this week, in hopes of 
being chartered by New Orleans.

Many thanks!

1. http://www.tdwg.org/standards/status-and-categories/

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