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

Hilmar Lapp hlapp at nescent.org
Tue Sep 20 21:06:35 CEST 2011

Hi Joel,

how can I edit the charter? I don't seem to be able to. Also, to  
provide an incentive to prevent what typically happens after such  
meetings (namely nothing further), one idea could be our goal to  
produce a manuscript for publication, e.g. in Biodiversity  
Informatics, that articulates motivations and conclusions for whatever  
recommendations emerge as consensus, as well as those for which  
controversy remains.

FYI, there is currently a manuscript in pre-publication status that  
looks at best practices for publishing RDF on the scope of life  
science data, but with a focus on biomedical and drug data. We may be  
able to look at this as a basis, and one possibility would be to build  
on it and cast its findings, plus our own, in terms of the needs of  
biodiversity data publishers and consumers.


On Sep 19, 2011, at 3:46 PM, joel sachs wrote:

> 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
> comprising
> 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
> http://code.google.com/p/tdwg-rdf/wiki/CharterOfTG
> 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  
> 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!
> Joel.
> 1. http://www.tdwg.org/standards/status-and-categories/
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