Dear RDA VSIGers
It has been 8 months since the last formal activity of the group, so this is an update about why and the potential for some revived activity.
Two of our founding co-chairs have moved on to new positions which has made their continuing leadership roles difficult to fulfil.
Stephan Zednik has left the safe haven of academia for a position with Pearson, and Adam Leadbetter moved from Liverpool to Galway, where his duties at the Irish Marine Institute leave less time for community contributions. So Stephan and Adam are standing down from their positions, with our thanks for their contributions during the first two years of VSIG.
Meanwhile, we have had expressions of interest in reviving the VSIG from the EUDAT Semantics Working Group (primarily through Yann le Franc and Barbara Magagna), the Open Geospatial Consortium's vocabulary management team (Ingo Simonis), the Earth Science Information Partners (Adam Shepherd - continuing as co-chair), and the Australian National Data Service (Adrian Burton). EUDAT strengthens our connection to the life science community, complementing the earth and environmental science focus of the original leadership team. People representing these organizations have been considering the VSIG charter, and there is a general sense that the scope of the group could be useful expanded to also include non-SKOS vocabularies and ontologies.
It is therefore proposed to re-boot the group with modifications to the charter and name reflecting all this.
The proposed modified group name is
Vocabulary and Semantic Services Interest Group - VSSIG
A proposed updated case statement/charter has been added to the group wiki -
A request for a meeting of the IG at P10 in Montreal has been submitted -
The primary proposed business for this meeting relates to the revival of the IG.
If there are no objections, I will liaise with the TAB contact (Rainer Stotzka) and RDA secretariat to determine the formal way forward in executing these proposals, and in selecting new leadership for the group to replace Stephan and AdamL.
Simon J D Cox
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