Managing vocabularies used for the description of biodiversity resources

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W3C Vocabulary Services

Éamonn Ó Tuama
1649 days ago

W3C Vocabulary Services

ref: http://www.w3.org/2013/04/vocabs/

The W3C is planning "to offer a set of services to help people select, create, and maintain IRI vocabularies useful for creating reusable data".  It notes that "in general, these services are inexpensive to provide and can be offered for free to the public. W3C may, however, decide to charge for certain services and/or limit their use to W3C members".

Amongst the statements are: an intention to work closely with schema.org, consider providing software tools which support group development of vocabularies, consider developing vocabulary metadata to help users discover/select among vocabularies. The document provides summaries on three aspects: vocabulary groups, vocabulary hosting and vocabulary directory.

Vocabulary Groups
We will promote the use of W3C Community Groups for gathering people interested in developing and maintaining individual vocabularies, and we will encourage new and existing cross-domain groups to help guide others in creating better vocabularies.

Vocabulary Hosting
We will promote and clarify the existing policy of giving www.w3.org/ns space to any W3C group, including community groups, as well as to other organizations on a case-by-case basis. The goal is to allow vocabularies useful for open data interchange to be hosted by W3C and maintained by the people who care about them.

Vocabulary Directory
We will collect, maintain, and distribute information about all available vocabularies, with the aim of helping people identify and decide among alternatives. This will be an open data application, freely interoperating with related information services.

Robert A. Morris
1649 days ago

It would be a major step forward to form a W3 Biodiversity Information Community Group and working toward use of W3 namespaces for a wide variety of vocabularies.  Note that even Community Groups must have employees of W3 members as conveners. Individuals not speaking officially for a W3 member can participate on their own behalf, whether or not they are employed by a W3 member.

That said, it looks like groups like GBIF and maybe TDWG that have a formal existence, can still use some of the proposed resources via Community Groups.