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

Peter DeVries pete.devries at gmail.com
Wed Sep 28 23:11:31 CEST 2011

Hi TDWG'ers,

I thought it would be good to explain in a different way how I see TDWG

There are people who take pride in their intellect.

If it turns out that they are wrong they can experience a form of cognitive

The either consciously or unconsciously convince themselves that the
original person taking the "correct side" was wrong, or that they had
actually heard it somewhere else (they were never on the "wrong" side)

In some cases, they are aware of what they are doing and actively try to
punish or exclude the person who "corrected" them.

In the tale "The Emperor's New Clothes" (
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Emperor's_New_Clothes )

a child spoke up while others remained silent - afraid of what might happen
to them if the told the King the truth.

The reason this is popular tale has been translated into 100 languages, is
that this kind of behavior is so common.

The irony is that not about intellect. but emotions.

Has anyone else on this list had the experience of be punished after
correctly pointing out a flaw in someone else's logic?

Is this behavior at odds with the goals and best interests of the group?

I am concerned that there is only place in TDWG for the Kings and those that
allow them to keep there Ego's happy.


- Pete

On Mon, Sep 19, 2011 at 2:46 PM, joel sachs <jsachs at csee.umbc.edu> 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 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!
> Joel.
> 1. http://www.tdwg.org/standards/status-and-categories/
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Pete DeVries
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University of Wisconsin - Madison
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