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Re: Group membership and profile contributions

From: Justin Clark-Casey <justinccdev@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2018 13:06:42 +0100
Message-ID: <CAME9NR9_5GccD-Zx8L31pYGEcARuyyn5DKFt8aKL-AQvkjk4sA@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Gray, Alasdair J G" <A.J.G.Gray@hw.ac.uk>
Cc: "public-bioschemas@w3.org" <public-bioschemas@w3.org>
HI Alasdair, Carole, Rafa.  I think that formalizing group contributions as
you propose is a good move, as a means of recognizing work and available
expertise.

However, I feel that it may put people like me, a research software
engineer who produces Bioschemas consuming components/applications, in a
less than ideal position.  I've been involved with Bioschemas for a long
time, but the cross-cutting nature of my work means that my contributions
to profiles tends to be at the general and technical level.

I know there is the validation group [1], but afaik there isn't currently a
group that covers search issues, such as recommendations for making
bioschemas markup findable (e.g. reachable through a sitemap, aggregating
markup on a single page, pushing a crawl to commoncrawl.org) or search
technology (e.g. Federico and Ricardo's crawler work, and the Buzzbang
project, components of which were used in the recent EBI Biosamples
workshop to demonstrate linking data from 2 biobanks).

So as part of a clarification of group membership, I would propose creation
of a new Technical group to encourage engagement on these topics and give
recognition to engineers working in this area. I would be happy to help
lead such a group.  Thoughts from anybody?

[1] http://bioschemas.org/groups/Validation/

--
Justin Clark-Casey, http://justincc.org
Research Software Engineer, InterMine, Cambridge
ELIXIR-UK technical coordinator

On Wed, Apr 11, 2018 at 9:55 AM, Gray, Alasdair J G <A.J.G.Gray@hw.ac.uk>
wrote:

> Hi
>
> There have been some issues raised about group membership. Our current
> approach is that being listed as a member of a specific group
> automatically makes you a contributor to the profiles generated by that
> group. Obviously this is not always the case.
>
> What we would like to achieve is a sense of inclusivity for the groups,
> while also reflecting appropriate levels of credit for those who have
> genuinely contributed to a specific profile.
>
> We suggest that
>
>    -
>
>    Group membership remains open to all by some simple process (ideally a
>    form on the website).
>    - Profile contribution is tracked separately as part of the
>    development of the profile. The group lead or editor of the specification
>    decides contributors for a profile.  Criteria for inclusion would be any of
>    the following, or similar (you should be able to articulate your
>    contribution):
>    - Documentation of the profile or supporting documents (crosswalks,
>       use cases, etc)
>       - Implementation (test deployment to inform profile development)
>       - Active participation in the discussions of the profile (in
>       person, mailing list)
>       - Securing grants to fund the activity
>
> We welcome feedback from the wider community on this.
>
> Best regards
>
> Alasdair, Carole, and Rafa
>
>
> Alasdair J G Gray
>
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