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Re: Group membership and profile contributions

From: Gray, Alasdair J G <A.J.G.Gray@hw.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2018 12:25:46 +0000
To: Justin Clark-Casey <justinccdev@gmail.com>
CC: "public-bioschemas@w3.org" <public-bioschemas@w3.org>
Message-ID: <2F98E4A4-7009-4126-A763-78AA45F6FF71@hw.ac.uk>
Hi Justin,

On 11 Apr 2018, at 13:06, Justin Clark-Casey <justinccdev@gmail.com<mailto:justinccdev@gmail.com>> wrote:

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.

Thanks for your response.

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 appreciate your concern here and the contribution of folk like yourself are essential to the community and the development of profiles. I believe that there could be a case made for your contribution to various profiles based on your involvement in discussions both in meetings and online.

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<http://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?

We certainly need to have something like the technical group that you propose. Does such a group need to be separate from the Tools group that is developing the profile for describing software tools and services?

Hopefully we can start populating something like the GSoC page with tools that we have available for the community to use. The page could list tools such as BuzzBang and explain how others can contribute.

What do others think?


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