TDWG Infrastructure Group - TIP

TDWG Task Group (Open)

Convener

Lee Belbin (lee(at)tdwg.org)

Purpose

The project will improve the following aspects of TDWG operations:

  • Web site for managing and documenting TDWG standards
  • Open standards development process (based on models and experiences of other standards organisations such as IETF, Open GIS Consortium, W3C)
  • Support and coordination activities for Subgroups
  • Publicity for TDWG standards
  • Development of reusable software components to support TDWG standards
  • Implementation of a shared system for managing globally unique identifiers for biodiversity data elements
  • Planning of long-term support requirements and securing appropriate long-term funding

Background

Donald Hobern and Stan Blum developed a successful proposal to the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation for funding a 30 month project for a Team to help TDWG to modernize its infrastructure for supporting standards development, and to ensure that all of its working groups have well-managed processes, including documentation and software components where applicable.  During this same period, the Team will identify the core activities for which TDWG will require ongoing support, and identify funding sources to support these activities.

Scope

The scope of the project is to provide recommendations to TDWG through the TDWG Executive Committee concerning the actions required for the modernisation of the structure and operation of TDWG in the process of developing biodiversity interoperability standards.

Core Members

Lee Belbin (lee(at)tdwg.org)
Roger Hyam (roger(at)tdwg.org)
Ricardo Pereira (ricardo(at)tdwg.org)
Donald Hobern (d.hobern(at)gbif.org)
Stan Blum (sblum(at)calacademy.org)

Clients

TDWG and all client agencies dependent on TDWG standards, protocols and services.

Outcomes and Outputs

1

Renewed call for participation in Process Subgroup (to discuss new TDWG process)

11 Sep 05

11 Sep 05

SB

2

Call for participants in GUID development

13 Sep 05

13 Sep 05

DH, RP

3

Establishment of TDWG architecture interest group.

15 Sep 05

15 Sep 05

RH

4

Summary of requirements for documentation and associated software

5 Oct 05

5 Oct 05

RH

5

Summary of requirements for collaboration environment

7 Oct 05

7 Oct 05

RP

6

Review paper: current TDWG process

9 Oct 05

9 Oct 05

LB, SB

7

Project plan and milestones agreed between TDWG Executive and TDWG Infrastructure Project Team

10 Oct 05

10 Oct 05

LB, SB

8

Broader announcement of Project

11 Oct 05

11 Oct 05

LB, RP, RH

9

Draft charter for Process subgroup

12 Oct 05

28 Jan 06

SB

10

Review paper: best practices in standards development organisations

30 Nov 05

30 Nov 05

LB, SB

11

Review paper: collaboration infrastructure requirements and technologies

3 Dec 05

3 Dec 05

RP

12

Process subgroup meeting to draft new TDWG process

5 Dec 05

30 Jan 06

LB, SB

13

Final report on requirements for documentation and associated software

7 Dec 05

15 Dec 06

RH

14

Decision point on outsourcing the development and testing of the collaborative environment

10 Dec 05

10 Dec 05

RP

15

Prioritised list for 2006 for populating standards documents

15 Dec 05

23 Dec 05

RH

16

Drafts of initial normative documents specified in documentation software strategy

23 Dec 05

 

RH

17

Close of comments on review paper on the collaborative infrastructure requirements and technologies

31 Dec 05

31 Dec 05

RP

18

Final version: Collaboration infrastructure requirements and technologies report

25 Jan 06

25 Jan 06

RP

19

First workshop for GUID development

1 Feb 06

1 Feb 06

DH, RP

Added

TDWG Survey

4 Feb 06

4 Feb 06

LB

20

Purchase TDWG server & associated software

5 Feb 06

1 Mar 06

RP

21

First draft: new TDWG process

7 Feb 06

4 Feb 06

LB, SB

22

Draft architectural framework for TDWG released for comments and revision

25 Mar 06

April 11, 2006

RH

23

Final version: new TDWG process

1 Apr 06

 

LB, SB

24

Preliminary collaborative environment available for viewing and testing

15 Apr 06

12 Apr 06

RP

25

Synthesize recommendations from subgroups on GUIDs - review paper

1 May 06

 

DH, RP

26

Close of comments on preliminary collaborative environment

15 May 06

15 May 07

RP

27

Approval by TDWG of the new process

1 Jun 06

 

LB, SB

28

Architectural framework for TDWG released for voting

3 Jun 06

 

RH

29

Second workshop for GUID development

5 Jun 06

10 Jun 06

DH, RP

30

Launch of the collaborative development environment

15 Jul 06

 

RP

31

Adoption of architectural framework for TDWG

1 Aug 06

 

RH

32

Document summarising progress against 2006 documentation work plan.

1 Sep 06

 

RH

33

Implementation of first version of GUID infrastructure; First release of GUID systems

1 Oct 06

 

DH, RP

34

Review paper: TDWG long-term goals and budgetary requirements

5 Oct 06

 

LB

35

Meeting with TDWG Executive on funding brochure (draft)

15 Nov 06

 

LB

36

Prioritised list for 2007 for populating standards documents

1 Dec 06

 

RH

37

Funding brochure

15 Jan 07

 

LB

38

Document summarising progress against 2007 documentation work plan.

1 Sep 07

 

RH

39

Review paper: GUID systems review (TDWG 2006) based on first implementation

5 Sep 07

 

DH, RP

40

Document reviewing options for long-term support and infrastructure

1 Oct 07

 

LB

41

Adjustments and second release of GUID systems based on review

15 Nov 07

 

DH, RP

42

Long-term support/infrastructure adopted

1 Dec 07

 

LB

Strategy

  • Contract
    • Project Manager
    • Technical Architect
    • Software Engineer
    • Other subcontractors as required
  • Develop milestones against project goals
  • Maintain a high-level of effective communication with the TDWG membership through the TDWG Secretariat
  • Deliver milestones (reports and recommendations) to the TDWG Executive for approval through current TDWG decisionmaking processes

Resources

TIP Wiki: http://wiki.tdwg.org/twiki/bin/view/TIP/WebHome
TIP Documents: http://wiki.tdwg.org/twiki/bin/view/TIP/TipDocuments

 

 

Version History

May 27, 2006 - Charter uploaded.
July 1st, 2005 - Project started.


  Last Modified: 26 November 2006