[Herpnet] TDWG: Public Review of the Darwin Core 'standard'

Carol Spencer atrox at berkeley.edu
Wed Jul 15 15:54:38 CDT 2009


This message is about the standard schema that is being proposed for
biological collections who are making their data available for biodiversity
informatics sites, such as HerpNET, FishNet, GBIF, OBIS, etc.
It is very relevant to the herp community, especially natural history
museums.


Apologies for cross posts - and please feel free to distribute this
announcement to all relevant communities.

TDWG is pleased to announce the commencement of the Public Review of Darwin
Core - a standard for sharing biodiversity information. You will find the
proposed standard is a living document with a history, an anchor in the
Dublin Core, and mechanisms to grow and change. Since being officially put
forward as a draft standard in February 2009, Darwin Core has undergone a
peer review, a review by the TDWG Executive, and multiple revisions.

Open Invitation: We invite all who may contribute and/or consume
biodiversity information to examine this proposed standard during the Public
Review period from 11th July through at least 10th  August 2009.

How to Participate: Visit the Darwin Core Progress site
(http://code.google.com/p/darwincore/wiki/DarwinCoreProgress) for the latest
background information on the process and critical links to content
(http://rs.tdwg.org/dwc/index.htm) and participation.  To discuss ideas with
others or offer comments that are not targeted for action, please subscribe
(http://lists.tdwg.org/mailman/listinfo/tdwg-content) and contribute to the
tdwg-content mailing list (tdwg-content(at)lists.tdwg.org).  Recommended
actions or issues should be submitted to the Issue Tracker of the Darwin
Core (http://code.google.com/p/darwincore/wiki/SubmittingIssues) so that
they may be assigned, prioritized, and tracked.  This Public Review process
will be archived along with all other documentation in the TDWG Standards
Track.  Questions about the process should be directed to the Review
Manager, Gail Kampmeier (gkamp(at)illinois.edu).

Please share this opportunity for public comment and review with others you
think may be interested.

Acknowledgements: As Review Manager, I would like to express my gratitude to
the authors, John Wieczorek, (MVZ), Markus Döring (GBIF), Renato De Giovanni
(CRIA), Tim Robertson (GBIF), Dave Vieglais (KUNHM) for the enormous efforts
made in bringing the Darwin Core standard to this point; to the initial
anonymous peer reviewers, and to Lee Belbin and the rest of the TDWG
Executive for their advice, support, and encouragement in this process; and
to GBIF for tipping the scales by bringing together the authors in a
workshop that led to this submission.

Links expanded:
Darwin Core Progress -
http://code.google.com/p/darwincore/wiki/DarwinCoreProgress
Darwin Core content - http://rs.tdwg.org/dwc/index.htm
Subscribe to tdwg-content  -
http://lists.tdwg.org/mailman/listinfo/tdwg-content
Issue Tracker - http://code.google.com/p/darwincore/wiki/SubmittingIssues

Related Links:
TDWG: http://www.tdwg.org/
Other TDWG Standards: http://www.tdwg.org/standards/
TDWG Standards Track (in OJS): http://www.tdwg.org/stdtrack/index
Dublin Core’s Metadata Initiative in Science:
http://ils.unc.edu/spaces/sam/index.php/Main_Page

Sincerely,
Gail E. Kampmeier, Review Manager
Illinois Natural History Survey, Institute of Natural Resource
Sustainability, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1816 South Oak
St., Champaign, Illinois 61820 USA email: gkamp(at)illinois.edu


Lee Belbin
TDWG Secretariat

-- 
Carol L. Spencer
Staff Curator of Herpetology & Researcher
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology
3101 Valley Life Sciences Building
University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA 94720-3160
atrox10 at gmail.com
atrox at berkeley.edu
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