Vocabulary Maintenance Standard (VMS)

Describes the processes used to modify TDWG vocabularies and their associated documents

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IRI to be cited and linked: http://www.tdwg.org/standards/642

Publisher: Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG).

Status: Current Standard

Ratified: 2017-04-25

Contributors: Steve Baskauf (TDWG Vocabulary Maintenance Specification Task Group), John Wieczorek (TDWG Darwin Core Interest Group), Stan Blum (TDWG Process Interest Group), Robert A. Morris (UMASS-Boston, TDWG Imaging Interest Group), Jonathan Rees (Duke University), Joel Sachs (TDWG RDF Task Group), Greg Whitbread (TDWG Technical Architecture Group). Review manager: Dag Endresen (GBIF Norway/NHM University of Oslo)

Creator: TDWG Vocabulary Maintenance Specification Task Group

Bibliographic citation: Vocabulary Maintenance Specification Task Group. 2017. Vocabulary Maintenance Standard. Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) http://www.tdwg.org/standards/642.


TDWG vocabularies are a collection of standardized terms and their definitions. Vocabulary standards differ from other Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) standards in that they are likely to change more often over time as they evolve to meet the changing needs of the biodiversity informatics community. These changes may be incremental, making it impractical to apply the full TDWG standards process [PROCESS] to every change. The TDWG Vocabulary Maintenance Specification details the categories of changes that can be made to a TDWG vocabulary standard, the mechanisms used to achieve those changes, and the entities that are responsible for shepherding those changes through the process.


This standard is intended for those who are involved in making changes to TDWG vocabulary standards. That includes those who want to submit change proposals and members of Interest Groups who are responsible for vocabulary maintenance.