Introduction

The Project was the result of a Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation grant developed by TDWG and GBIF to address five issues in TDWG to-

  • Improve the standards development process (outcome 1)
  • Establish an effective collaborative infrastructure (outcome 2)
  • Develop a system of quality documentation (outcome 3)
  • Implement a system for Globally Unique Identifiers (GUIDs: outcome 4)
  • Establish a long-term funding model (outcome 5)

This page is the repository were we store project deliverables and reports.

Current TDWG Processes

  • File for Download: TDWG_Existing_Processes.doc (milestone #6)
  • Description: Observations of the exisiting processes in TDWG based upon the TDWG Web site, the TDWG meeting in St Petersburg in 2005, discussions with a wide range of TDWG members and with other 'interested parties'.
  • Key Aspects: There appears to be a lack of effective governance in TDWG.
  • Feedback Sought: Being 'fresh' to TDWG has its advantages, but what have I missed? Would the recommendations address key problems within TDWG?
  • Summary of reviews on the Current TDWG Processes document

Best Current Practice

  • File for Download: TDWG_Best_Current_Practice.doc (milestone #10)
  • Description: 'Best current practice' in 12 standards development organisations similar to TDWG. Builds upon Report 1 above.
  • Key Aspects: TDWG needs a four-level structure, better governance and a more effective overall communication strategy.
  • Feedback Sought: Are the observations accurate? Are there any other organizations that should have been reviewed? Are their 'best current practices' that have been missed? Do the observations make sense within the context of TDWG. If not, why not? If so, how can BCP be effectively implemented in TDWG? What step does the TDWG Executive need to take?
  • Summary of reviews on the Best Current Practice document (wiki)

Documentation Strategy

  • File for Download: TDWG_Documentation_Strategy.doc (milestone #13)
  • Description: Strategy for documentation of TDWG standards within the new process and environment.
  • Key Aspects: Current TDWG practice and best current practice in other organisations is considered. Fourteen specific recommendation are made.
  • Feedback Sought: Objections to proceeding with this strategy are sought. These should be prioritized according to the MoSCoW(wiki) ranks.
  • Summary of reviews on the Documentation Strategy document(wiki)

Documentation Specification for TDWG Standards

Website Requirements

  • File for Download: TDWG_Website_Requirements.doc (milestone #11)
  • Description: List of requirements for the TDWG Website, gathered from interviews with TDWG subgroup conveners and members, and from the review of best current practice.
  • Key Aspects: Sections R1, R2, and R3 provide high level requirements; Section R4 provides technical requirements regarding website development and design.
  • Feedback Sought: Verify whether requirements apply, providing specific comments where applicable. Indicate any missing requirements. Modifications in requirements prioritization (MoSCoW (wiki))
  • Summary of reviews on the Website Requirements document (wiki)

 

Website Technology Evaluation

  • File for Download: TDWG_Technology_Evaluation.doc (milestone #11)
  • Description: Technical review of software packages that could be used to implement TDWG Website. It evaluates three categories of packages (Content Management Systems, Wikis and Mailing List Managers) against the Website Requirements (document #3).
  • Key Aspects: Based on the evaluations, we recommend the use of Typo3 CMS, TWiki, and GNU Mailman and provide justifications.
  • Feedback Sought: General comments on the criteria or any other aspect of the evaluation. Indicate explicitly whether you approve the recommendations, authorizing the TIP Team to implement them. If not, please provide justification.
  • Summary of reviews on the Website Technology Evaluation document (wiki)

 

Documentation Priorities for 2006

  • File for Download: TDWG_Documentation_Priorities_2006.doc (milestone #15)
  • Description: Prioritisation of documents to be produced during 2006. Builds on documentation strategy (#3 above).
  • Key Aspects: Documents to initialise the documentation process MUST be produced. The most recent TDWG standards SHOULD be wrapped in sufficient documenation to be included in the new standards repository. Supporting user guides and articles COULD be produced.
  • Feedback Sought: Objections to proceeding with these priorities are sort.
  • Summary of reviews on the Documentation Priorities document(wiki)

 

Website Outsourcing Evaluation

 

Initial Administrative Standards

  • File Access: These documents can be accessed through the TipDocumentsInitialStandardsPage
  • Description: The six documents proposed in the strategy above - now reduced to 5.
  • Key Aspects: The documents are presented as XHTML (recommended for standards) in a mockup of the repository.
  • Feedback Sought: Objections and expansion on the documents as standards.

First TDWG Globally Unique Identifiers Workshop Report

  • File for Download: GUID1Report.pdf
  • Description: Report of activities and outcomes from the GUID-1 Workshop. It took place in Durham, NC, USA on Feb 1-3, 2006.

Survey of TDWG Members and Potential Members January/February 2006

  • Results: Results are available on this wiki.
  • Description: The results are presented here minus information that might identify the contributors. For each question asked there is a summary histogram, a page with actual responses and a page for your comments.
  • Feedback Sought: Comments are sought for addition to the wiki.

New Website Review Guide

TAG-1 Meeting Report

  • File for Download: TAG-1 Meeting Report
  • Description: The results of the first meeting of the Technical Architecture Group that forms the basis of a technical architecture for TDWG.
  • Feedback Sought: Please place your comments on TagMeeting1Report (wiki).

Reference: TDWG Infrastructure Project Milestones

  • File for Download: GBMF_Project_Milestones.xls
  • Description: TDWG Infrastructure Project Milestones - version 10, as agreed to between the TIP Team and the TDWG executive Committee. The file is a snapshot of the current Project Status.

Costs and Benefits of membership of similar organisations

GUID-1 Workshop Report

  • File for Download: GUID-1 Workshop Report
  • Description: The results of the first workshop on Globally Unique Identifiers for Biodiversity Informatics.
  • Feedback Sought: Please place your comments on GUID1 Report Comments (wiki).

GUID-2 Workshop Report

  • File for Download: GUID-2 Workshop Report
  • Description: The results of the first workshop on Globally Unique Identifiers for Biodiversity Informatics.
  • Feedback Sought: Please place your comments on GUID2 Report Comments (wiki).

TAG Roadmap 2006

  • File for Download: TAG Roadmap 2006
  • Description: The document describes the new TDWG architecture and defines a timeline for adoption of appropriate technologies by TDWG.

TDWG Ongoing Support

Documentation Status Oct/2006

  • Description: Summary of the documentation work associated with the TDWG Infrastructure Project between October 2005 and October 2006
  • File for Download: Documentation_Status_October_2006.doc

Charter Template

Consensus

Convener Responsibilities

Conveners Opening Report Template

  • Description: PowerPoint template slides for conveners to present the group to the audience, its progress throughout the past year, and its priorities during the TDWG meeting that is starting.
  • File for Download: Template_Conveners_Opening_Report.ppt

Conveners Closing Report Template

  • Description: PowerPoint template slides for conveners to present their group achievements during the TDWG meeting, priorities for the next year and request for members, the TDWG Executive Committee, and the TIP Team.
  • File for Download: Template_Conveners_Closing_Report.ppt

Group Meeting Report Template

TDWG Documentation Priorities for 2007

Project Milestones at 14th February 2007

  • Description: Excel spreadsheet listing the agreed Infrastructure Project milestones at at the time of the TDWG Executive Committe meeting in Berlin February 16-17, 2007.
  • File for Download: GBMF_Milestones_2007_02_14.xls
  • Feedback: Please forward feedback to Lee Belbin (lee(at)tdwg(dot)org)

Executive Committee Roles and Responsibilities

  • Description: MS Word document outlining the roles nd responsibilities of all current Executive Committee positions. Produced for the Executive Committe meeting in Berlin February 16-17, 2007.
  • File for Download: TDWG_Executive_Committee_Activites.doc
  • Feedback: Feedback to Lee Belbin (lee(at)tdwg(dot)org) would be very welcome.

Key Issues for Berlin Executive Committee Meeting

  • Description: MS Word document outlining the key issues that need to be discussed from the Project perspective at the Executive Committee meeting in Berlin, March 16-17, 2007.
  • File for Download: TDWG_Executive_Committee_Meeting_Berlin_2007_03_15 .doc
  • Feedback: Feedback to Lee Belbin (lee(at)tdwg(dot)org) would be very welcome.

Notification Letter to TDWG Registered Users

  • Description: MS Word document sent out to all people registered with the TDWG web site about the need for help by becoming a member. Presented to the Executive Committee meeting in Berlin, March 16-17, 2007 for discussion. Letter sent March 2007.
  • File for Download: TDWG_Member_Notification_letter.doc
  • Feedback: Feedback to Lee Belbin (lee(at)tdwg(dot)org) would be very welcome.

TDWG Ongoing Funding: Report 2

  • Description: MS Word document containing observations and recommendations related to TDWG's ongoing support. Presented to the Executive Committee meeting in Berlin, March 16-17, 2007 for discussion.
  • File for Download: TDWG_Ongoing_Funding_2.doc
  • Feedback: Feedback to Lee Belbin (lee(at)tdwg(dot)org) would be very welcome.

Project Status as at March 15, 2007

  • Description: MS Word document summarising the status of the TDWG Infrastructure Project after 21 months. Presented to the Executive Committee meeting in Berlin, March 16-17, 2007 for discussion.
  • File for Download: TIP_Status_2007_03_15.doc
  • Feedback: Feedback to Lee Belbin (lee(at)tdwg(dot)org) would be very welcome.

Promotional Opportunities and Issues

  • Description: MS Word document outlining issues that should be promoted and options for promotion as at March, 2007. Presented to the Executive Committee meeting in Berlin, March 16-17, 2007 for discussion.
  • File for Download: TDWG_Promotion.doc
  • Feedback: Feedback to Lee Belbin (lee(at)tdwg(dot)org) would be very welcome.
  Last Modified: 04 May 2007