NEW Draft Criteria

Good Afternoon All!

Just wanted to update everyone on what we've been up to. Alan and I have collaborated together in revising the Draft Criteria questions. I wanted to post them up and let you all see and get some feedback before I proceed. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Have a good weekend!

-Katherine
kyee@usgs.gov

DRAFT CRITERIA

1. Is this a single vocabulary or a collection of vocabularies?

(GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE)
2a. Does the vocabulary or collection of vocabularies have a governance structure?
2b. Does the vocabulary or collection of vocabularies have overview documentation and a cookbook/ user guide? Is that document contained in the governance structure and maintained?
2c. Do all vocabulary terms have definitions? Are they maintained? Are they promoted/ required by the governance structure and terms of use?

3. Only if single vocabulary: Is the vocabulary explicitly versioned and are earlier versions available online?

4. Only if single vocabulary: Does the vocabulary make a clean distinction between types and instances?

(LEVELS)
5a. Is the vocabulary “flat” or hierarchical? (if collection of vocabularies, the answer can be "varies”)
5b. If hierarchical and only single vocabulary, is it extensible to new levels?
5c. Is the single vocabulary connected to a larger context? (ie: linked explicitly to upper level/ lower-level/ peer vocabularies)

6. Is the vocabulary or collection of vocabularies available online, in a programmatically accessible XML-based format, with HTTP-style URIs?

7. Is the vocabulary or collection of vocabularies designed/suitable primarily for Discovery (search) or for Use (markup)? (if collection of vocabularies, the answer can be "varies”)

(NETWORKING)
8a. Do mappings exist to other vocabularies? Are they maintained?
8b. Have one or more science/ disciplinary communities approved and/or adopted the vocabulary or collection of vocabularies?

(CONTACT INFO)
9a. Is the vocabulary or collection of vocabularies hosted in a stable namespace with a well-known technical contact?
9b. Is there a well-documented system for the suggesting new terms and having them adopted for the larger community? (E-mail request to the author/maintainer? Formal committee/ review structure?)