This is a workspace for open discussion of TDWG 2009 in Montpellier, France
Reports from Working Groups
: All Conveners of Working Group Sessions at TDWG09 could you email reports (MS Word/PPT) of the outcomes of the meeting using the following structure. We will be loading these reports to the TDWG web site and distributing information widely.
- Working session Title – conveners’names
- Short Abstract of the session progress – around 15 lines
- Key questions raised during the session
- Relations with e-biosphere and data integration themes
- Potential collaboration identified (institutes, names and topics)
- Unexpected outputs
- Intentions to create or join a TDWG interest or Task group?
- Next steps?
The Chairman's Ideas for TDWG 2009
This is a copy of the part of Donald's email post to members and friends that relates to the TDWG 2009 programme.
"In recent years TDWG conferences have moved away from their earlier format, with significant emphasis on working group meetings, to become more of a reporting conference on the activities of TDWG-related projects. This has had some benefits, but has also in some ways weakened the organisation by reducing our focus on the core activity of developing and promoting standards. The vitality of our working groups in large measure depends on the conference providing a focus for their activity.
For this reason, TDWG 2009 will be structured differently. Monday and Friday of the conference have been reserved for plenary sessions, but for the rest of the conference we plan to run three parallel (and, I hope, intersecting) streams of activities. One of these will be on the use of biodiversity informatics to support agriculture and crop diversity. Another stream will be for TDWG to initiate activity in response to the roadmap developed at e-Biosphere 2009. The third stream is still be be selected. Each stream will include a range of activities (e.g. symposia, seminars, task group sessions, hackathons) planned to address key issues and to result in real deliverables to progress biodiversity informatics in the area.
We are establishing a Program Committee to plan the conference in detail and will keep you informed of progress.
Working Session Topics (Tuesday 10 - Thursday 12 November)
Please add suggested topics for the Working Sessions here:
How about a "name matching" workshop. With all the recent work in this area (EoL?
, Compositae Checklist Integrator, etc, etc) it would be good to discuss the various ways to achecive name matching, look at possible integration of these services and see if some sort of consensus can be acheived.
- 25 Jun 2009
- 24 Jul 2009
Kevin and others - How would you feel about expanding the scope of the Name Matching Workshop to be a more general Taxon Name Processing workshop, essentially extending the discussions and outcomes of the Nomina IV meeting. See the project site for this at http://code.google.com/p/taxon-name-processing
. There was a lot of consensus building and integrating initiated there.
- 24 Jul 2009
Go For It!
- Interesting GIS software and library evaluation link : http://cascadoss.eu/en/index.php
- The new International Biocuration Society was launched on the 16th of April: http://biocurator.org/ They are interested to make a presentation at TDWG meeting.
EDIT Scratchpad developer's workshop?
I hear from Vince Smith that Simon Rycroft is tentatively planning an EDIT Scratchpad developers workshop during TDWG. I would really like to see this happen (as I'd like to attend ;-))--has someone from this group been in touch already? http://vsmith.info/Scratchpad-Training-2009
The EDIT Scratchpad tutorial will probably take place on Wednesday 11th. There will also be a plenary session and other working sessions.
If a Developer's Workshop is required please will someone from EDIT add it to the list of proposed Working Sessions.
- 03 Jun 2009
Do not plan the EDIT scratchpad working group in parallel to the Agricultural plenary session! Group of colleagues in the Agriculture theme expressed their interest into the scratchpads. Thanks--Elizabeth
- 14 Jun 2009
There will be two EDIT Scratchpad tutorial sessions. One will be organised to avoid conflict with Agricultural plenary sessions.
- 18 Jun 2009
Any draft programme posted here is a working version. The current "official" version is the one on the Conference web site.