Managing vocabularies used for the description of biodiversity resources

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Introduction, purpose and scope of VoMaG

The Vocabulary Management Task Group (VoMaG) is convened under the Technical Architecture Group (TAG) of Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG). The purpose and scope of VoMaG is briefly introduced here. For further information, please consult the charter. Much of the prior, substantive work that fed into VoMaG grew out of the EU funded ViBRANT project which included a work package dedicated to biodiversity vocabularies.

VoMaG seeks to address the best practices for the collaborative development and maintenance of vocabularies for the description of biodiversity resources. It was formally established at the TDWG 2012 conference in Beijing. Due to the high core membership of the group (around 36, as of writing), it was decided that the main means of collaboration would, in the absence of a fully functioning TDWG wiki platform, be a dedicated section of the GBIF Community Site. A report, based on contributions/discussions on the community site, will constitute the main deliverable from the group; it should provide a set of recommendations to TDWG on a number of topics relating to the management of vocabularies/ontologies.

Based on the charter which provided a broad outline of the kinds of areas that might be in scope for discussion by the task group, a set of three topics emerged: i) a review of the TDWG ontologies, ii) a proposal for a system for vocabulary management based on Semantic MediaWiki, iii) a framework for managing vocabularies. These will form the three main sections of this report. 

The report is organised as follows.

Introduction, purpose and scope of VoMaG 

Section 1: a review of the TDWG ontologies - what´s wrong and what should be done; review current status, including maintenance issues, particularly in relation to existing TDWG standards (esp DwC); review DwC namespace policy with a view to adopting amending for universal use by all TDWG vocabularies.

Section 2: Semantic MediaWiki as a platform for developing vocabularies - a review of implementation at terms.gbif.org

Section 3: a framework for managing vocabularies inc. standards, best practices, architecture, application schema.

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