Welcome to the home of SDD within the Biological Descriptions interest group
Note: The former SDD TDWG subgroup has renamed itself and is now the "Biological Descriptions" Interest group. As a result, the SDD wiki will be demoted to a taskgroup wiki soon.
This is a web-based collaboration area for discussions of the subgroup on the Structure of Descriptive Data of the Taxonomic Data Working Group. We welcome your contributions - please see the bottom of this page if you are new to this Wiki.
Version 1.1 was released on 20 Mar 2007, and last updated in revision 5 on 2010-03-15; discussion at DiscussionFor1dot1. It is recommended that all usage of SDD should refer to this version rather than to the older 1.0.
SDD development is now supported by a Primer. The primer is based on version 1.1 RC 1; the few minor technical corrections of the release relative to this release candidate should in general not affect the primer. Please inform us if you detect any problems with the primer.
Who is interested in incremental markup of taxonomic treatments in digitized legacy systematics literature, that goes into the detail like SDD? TaxonX? is so far largely complementary to Anybody wants to form a new task group?
Note: The previous Charter revisions are still available in the history of Charter
The SDD group is considering defining a subset of the current SDD Schema, "SDD Lite" with the goal of producing a representation of the main concerns of “SDD Lite” would try to use the RDF/OWL technology currently preferred by some other groups of TDWG and intended to be TDWG's new common development architecture. Hence, the SDD Interest Group especially seeks people interested, and with suitable experience in, the use of Semantic Web technologies for describing taxa. THIS may require setting up a new task group. Who is interested in this?
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Topic name conventions: topics renamed to ResolvedTopic... or ClosedTopic... are still valuable to read, but old and not relevant to ongoing discussions. Topics renamed to ZZZObsolete are resolved or closed topics that I consider no longer intelligable based on the current version of the schema.