The TDWG Infrastructure Project - Update - March 2006
The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation awarded US$1.5 million over 30 months to a TDWG-GBIF partnership that will improve our ability to design and implement biodiversity information standards. The project started in August 2005 and has three full-time positions, a Project Manager (Lee Belbin: email@example.com), a Technical Architect (Roger Hyam) and a Software Engineer (Ricardo Pereira). Two part-time project positions are held by Donald Hobern (GBIF) and Stan Blum (California Academy of Sciences).
The project (called the TDWG Infrastructure Project - TIP) aims to modernize TDWG’s infrastructure to better support its standards development. The Project will develop-
- A professional, open standards development process based on best current practice and experiences of other similar standards organisations such as IETF, the Open GIS Consortium, GGF, W3C and OASIS
- A web site for managing, documenting and promoting TDWG standards
- An web-based environment that will effectively support and coordinate TDWG group activities
- A system for managing globally unique identifiers for biodiversity data elements
- Reusable software components to support TDWG standards
- A strategy for long-term support requirements for TDWG
The Project So Far
The Project has produced a set of reports
- Current TDWG processes
- Best current practice in relation to standards development processes
- Documentation requirements
- Documentation priorities for 2006
- Website requirements
- Website software
- Outsourcing web development
- The outcomes of the first Globally Unique Identifier (GUID) Workshop at NESCent in Durham , North Carolina .
- US$200,000 is being allocated to TDWG subgroups to help to bring them toward the new process, documentation and a common architecture.
- TDWG website development (public components and subgroup support environment)
- Draft of a New TDWG process document by the process subgroup of TDWG (final due April 1, 2006 )
- Establishing a Technical Architecture group (TAG) with its first task to develop a consistent technical architecture that will cover all TDWG standards
- Working groups are being formed to address start to build an LSID infrastructure and develop prototypes.
- The second GUID workshop. Probably in June 2006 in Europe
- Propose a New TDWG Process
- Research a viable long-term support model for TDWG
- Establish an effective LSID support infrastructure
TDWG members and other interested individuals or institutions are encouraged to be involved with all aspects of the Project.
March 7, 2006