The Data Quality Interest Group had a very productive week before and during the TDWG2016 Symposium and Workshops in early December, firstly at the Hotel Arenal Manoa near La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica, and then at CTEC in Santa Clara de San Carlos, Costa Rica.
A key group of DQ Team leaders and specialists met on the Sunday at the Hotel Manoa to identify issues and to discuss possible future directions.
Two symposia were run with 12 X 15-minute talks. One in the Plenary session on Monday and one on the Tuesday afternoon. Both were extremely well attended, and feedback was enthusiastic and positive. Papers can be seen on the TDWG website. We thank all the presenters for their efforts and for keeping to the time allotted them. These talks were very valuable and it was great to see so many presentations linking back to the Framework.
On the Wednesday morning, we held a working group meeting that was attended by over thirty people. There was some robust discussion, valuable ideas put forward and quite a number attendees volunteered to help with aspects of our 2016-2017 workplan.
The Spreadsheet with Current List of Tests is here
Recommended to rename the Group to “Tests and Assertions”. Following the meetings, Arthur emailed the TAG and received a response on the process: "A Task Group charter can be revised at any time and submitted to the Secretary as a draft. A draft revision may reflect minor corrections or clarification, or may reflect a change in operation or purpose. The Secretary may approve minor changes, but must distribute any substantive revision to the Executive Committee for review and approval before it replaces a prior charter." (http:/
There was discussion on how best to handle vocabularies, look-up tables, etc. – especially those linked from the Tests and Assertions. Paula Zermoglio offered to lead this process. It was decided that it may be suggested to the Specimens and Observations Interest Group that a Task Group be formed under that Interest Group and that a Task Group was not appropriate under the DQIG at this stage, but that we would need to continue to monitor that.
It was agreed that may need to consider two standards by TDWG2018
TDWG has several types of standards
Rob Stevenson suggested that we need a paper with an example to showcase the Framework. Following the meeting, Antonio and Arthur discussed the possible of a Special Issue publication highlighting the work of the Interest Group and the Framework and its use in various projects. On discussing this with a few members of the Group we received positive response. Possible topics include: