Public Review of Darwin Core Maintenance Proposals

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Public review open for maintenance of Darwin Core

We are now almost 20 days into the minimum 30-day review period for the 40 changes to Darwin Core proposed on 2021-05-01 (see https://github.com/tdwg/dwc/milestone/14). If the public review of maintenance proposals is new to you, please refer to the Darwin Core Maintenance Frequently Asked Questions).

Of the 40 proposals, one (biome - #38) will certainly be deferred to a Task Group for further development. There is currently consensus on 34 of the proposals, and each of these will be recommended for ratification if no indication of dissent arises through the rest of the review period. The status of two proposals (identificationQualifier - #244, and the nameUsageIDs - #105) is unclear until verification that consensus has been reached. The remaining four proposals (recordedByID - #102, occurrenceStatus - #339 and its controlled vocabulary - #342 are controversial. If no evidence of consensus can be reached by the 30-day minimum review period, the controversial proposals will be deferred for later consideration. If it appears that consensus can be reached on any of the controversial proposals, the review period will be extended for an additional 30 days from the time apparent consensus is established (everyone participating in the discussion expresses their satisfaction with the proposed solution). During any extension, all proposals will remain open for commentary. The current status of proposals to date is shown in the table below.

Thank you on behalf of the Darwin Core Maintenance Group

Summary of proposed changes and current status (2021-05-21)

Term Issue Action Nature Status
bibliographicCitation https://github.com/tdwg/dwc/issues/336 change non-normative consensus
references https://github.com/tdwg/dwc/issues/335 change non-normative consensus
recordedByID https://github.com/tdwg/dwc/issues/102 new normative controversial
individualCount https://github.com/tdwg/dwc/issues/285 change non-normative consensus
organismQuantity https://github.com/tdwg/dwc/issues/338 change non-normative consensus
lifeStage https://github.com/tdwg/dwc/issues/321 change non-normative consensus
occurrenceStatus https://github.com/tdwg/dwc/issues/342 new vocabulary normative controversial
occurrenceStatus https://github.com/tdwg/dwc/issues/339 change normative controversial
preparations https://github.com/tdwg/dwc/issues/346 change non-normative consensus
disposition https://github.com/tdwg/dwc/issues/347 change non-normative consensus
associatedMedia https://github.com/tdwg/dwc/issues/337 change non-normative consensus
associatedReferences https://github.com/tdwg/dwc/issues/334 change non-normative consensus
associatedSequences https://github.com/tdwg/dwc/issues/332 change normative consensus
associatedTaxa https://github.com/tdwg/dwc/issues/331 change non-normative consensus
associatedOccurrences https://github.com/tdwg/dwc/issues/324 change non-normative consensus
associatedOrganisms https://github.com/tdwg/dwc/issues/330 change non-normative consensus
verbatimLabel https://github.com/tdwg/dwc/issues/32 new normative controversial
samplingProtocol https://github.com/tdwg/dwc/issues/322 change normative consensus
biome https://github.com/tdwg/dwc/issues/38 new normative task group
country https://github.com/tdwg/dwc/issues/340 change non-normative consensus
locality https://github.com/tdwg/dwc/issues/315 change non-normative consensus
verbatimLocality https://github.com/tdwg/dwc/issues/323 change non-normative consensus
verticalDatum https://github.com/tdwg/dwc/issues/246 new normative consensus
coordinateUncertaintyInMeters https://github.com/tdwg/dwc/issues/309 change non-normative consensus
footprintSRS https://github.com/tdwg/dwc/issues/122 change normative consensus
georeferenceVerificationStatus https://github.com/tdwg/dwc/issues/268 change normative consensus
identificationQualifier https://github.com/tdwg/dwc/issues/244 change non-normative unclear
verbatimIdentification https://github.com/tdwg/dwc/issues/181 new normative consensus
identifiedByID https://github.com/tdwg/dwc/issues/101 new normative consensus
acceptedNameUsageID https://github.com/tdwg/dwc/issues/105 change non-normative unclear
parentNameUsageID https://github.com/tdwg/dwc/issues/105 change non-normative unclear
originalNameUsageID https://github.com/tdwg/dwc/issues/105 change non-normative unclear
subfamily https://github.com/tdwg/dwc/issues/44 new normative consensus
genericName https://github.com/tdwg/dwc/issues/29 new normative consensus
subgenus https://github.com/tdwg/dwc/issues/320 change normative consensus
infragenericEpithet https://github.com/tdwg/dwc/issues/30 new normative consensus
infraspecificEpithet https://github.com/tdwg/dwc/issues/241 change non-normative consensus
cultivarEpithet https://github.com/tdwg/dwc/issues/41 new normative consensus
relationshipOfResourceID https://github.com/tdwg/dwc/issues/283 new normative consensus
retationshipOfResource https://github.com/tdwg/dwc/issues/194 change non-normative consensus
measurementValue https://github.com/tdwg/dwc/issues/175 new normative consensus
MaterialCitation https://github.com/tdwg/dwc/issues/329 new normative consensus