[tdwg] Moving forward with Species Profile Model

Eamonn O Tuama eotuama at gbif.org
Fri Jun 6 17:43:35 CEST 2008

Dear TDWG Members,

Much was achieved for the Species Profile Model over quite a short period in
2007 but we need to ensure that development continues, and, in particular,
that the SPM is actually tested in some real world applications so we can
learn how to refine and enhance it. I am very happy to report that the first
test case will commence soon when Plazi.org starts making species level
information available as SPM compatible RDF data from documents processed
through the GoldenGate/TaxonX system, and with EOL as the first client for
such data. We hope that this will encourage others to also use the SPM for
sharing species level information and/or to use such data in novel

What next for SPM in the TDWG context? I would highlight the following:

1. consider formally establishing SPM as a task under the Biological
Descriptions Interest Group in order to take it forward through the TDWG
standards process;

2. identify a champion for SPM who will take it forward;

3. continue to use the TDWG wiki (http://wiki.tdwg.org/SPM/) as a focal
point for sharing information, but

4. also use the SPM mailing list (tdwg-spm at lists.tdwg.org) hosted by TDWG so
that we will have an online archive of discussions;

5. create a core SPM group (open to all) which is credited on the SPM wiki;

6. task the SPM group with the main goal of developing a summary document
with review/recommendations on how to move forward on SPM.

So, let me know if you are interested in participating in the SPM task
group. In addition, as a first essential step, please join the TDWG SPM
maining list (tdwg-spm at lists.tdwg.org) and keep an eye on the SPM wiki

Best regards,

Éamonn Ó Tuama, Ph.D. (eotuama at gbif.org), 
Senior Programme Officer for Inventory, Discovery, Access (IDA),
Global Biodiversity Information Facility Secretariat,
Universitetsparken 15, DK-2100 Copenhagen Ø, DENMARK 
Phone:  +45 3532 1494; Fax:  +45 3532 1480 

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