Managing vocabularies used for the description of biodiversity resources

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This is the second draft of the report from the TDWG Vocabulary Management Task Group (VoMaG). It consists of an introduction and three sections. The introduction describes the remit of VoMaG and the three task areas that emerged based on its charter, each of which is dealt with in a separate section. The first area (Section 2) relates to the status of the TDWG Ontology and its relationship to existing TDWG standards. It also examines the Darwin Core Namespace Policy as a means to maintain technical specification standards that define vocabularies and provides recommendations for actions that would resolve several long-standing issues. The second area (Section 3) deals with the use of Semantic MediaWiki as a community platform for developing and maintaining vocabularies. It looks at the core features provided by MediaWiki, the enhancements provided by the Semantic MediaWiki extension, and the implementation of the ViBRANT/GBIF terms wiki on Biowikifarm. The third area (Section 3) addresses the requirements for a framework for managing vocabularies identifying the main components and a suggested workflow. All sections include a set of recommendations for consideration by TDWG.