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The Lexicon committee is responsible for coordinating official definitions for terminology used within the OSGeo context.  The committee is drawn from the OSGeo, OGC and ISO communities and is based on merit and interest.
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The Lexicon committee is an [https://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Interest_Groups OSGeo Special Interest Group], responsible for coordinating official definitions for terminology used within the Open Source Geospatial (OSGeo) context.  The committee is drawn from the OSGeo, OGC and ISO communities and is based on merit and interest.
 
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An email list shall be setup for this group for internal communication.
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= Purpose =  
 
= Purpose =  
  
The Lexicon committee plays two essential roles:
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The Lexicon committee plays the following roles:
  
a) As the gatekeeper of terms to ensure quality checks of contributions
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# Act as the gatekeeper of terms to ensure quality checks of contributions.
b) As the seat of central terminology knowledge for alignment of terms and concepts. To facilitate the flow of terminology knowledge to terminology authors and users.  
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# Provide a central terminology knowledge for alignment of terms and concepts.  
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# Facilitate the flow of terminology knowledge to terminology authors and users.
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# Support the use of best practices in writing terms.
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# Facilitate developing consistent terminology between OSGeo projects.
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# Act as a conduit of terms between OSGeo projects, OSGeo, OGC and ISO.  
  
 
The committee involves individual representation from external groups including ISO/TC 211 and OGC in order to leverage their experience in terminology, which is useful in situations such as alerting on cross-organization alignment of concepts or term duplication.
 
The committee involves individual representation from external groups including ISO/TC 211 and OGC in order to leverage their experience in terminology, which is useful in situations such as alerting on cross-organization alignment of concepts or term duplication.
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= Online presence =
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Terminology isn’t useful until people use them, which means people need to first know they exist and what they mean. The Geolexica initiative has setup https://osgeo.geolexica.org/ to serve OSGeo in managing the lexicon database.
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Geolexica serves human-readable concepts and terms, as well as machine-readable JSON, allowing APIs to directly consume the content. It currently serves ISO/TC 211’s terminology management group in making its multi-lingual geographic information terminology available on the internet (https://www.geolexica.org).
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To minimize friction in the feedback process, for every term offered in the OSGeo terminology pages it provides a “propose new term” and “propose changes to this term" buttons. This allows users to directly go to the issue platform (e.g. GitHub) to make the suggested changes.
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The structure of Geolexica is designed for efficiency with streamlined management and operations. Terms are stored in structured data (YAML) files, and are directly deployable to the website. The website operates according to best practices, and is served as a static website with dynamic search functionality. Security and performance have always been key considerations.
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TBD: We should mention that the Geolexia management software is based on Open Source (which mitigates project risk). We should link to the source code project in github.
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OSGeo terms will additionally be published at:
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* OSGeoLive
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* TBD OSGeo Journal?
  
 
= Coordination =
 
= Coordination =
  
= Committee members =
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== Initial load and data cleanup ==
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The initial load of the terms will involve a bulk load from cleaned terms and definitions sourced from prior OSGeo glossaries. Geolexica could easily handle the initial conversion from table format into the desired structured data format.
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As of 2019-10, the cleanup process has already [https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/19tulyAEDN5Q5n-u_jlmXIKQjPI2Lwv6fh5Orad1mz1I/edit#gid=0 started].
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== Updates ==
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* New terms, or improvements to existing terms may be proposed at any time, by anyone in the community.
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* It is recommended that proposed term updates are initially discussed and refined on the Lexicon email list. TBD: Link to list once setup.
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* Terms can then be submitted to the GeoLexia website. TBD explain how.
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* The lexicon committee will periodically review and approve new terms.
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* The lexicon committee will review and update terms at least annually, in line with the OSGeoLive documentation build cycle.
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== Communication ==
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We communicate on the [https://lists.osgeo.org/mailman/listinfo/lexicon OSGeo Lexicon email list].
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== Committee members ==
 
TBD: Once formed, the following people have volunteered to join this committee:
 
TBD: Once formed, the following people have volunteered to join this committee:
  
OSGEO Representation
 
 
* Cameron Shorter
 
* Cameron Shorter
* Felicity Brand (proposed)
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* Rob Atkinson (OGC)
Outside Representation (Non-OSGEO)
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* Ronald Tse (ISO/TC 211, ISO Geodetic Registry Registration Authority, Ribose Inc.)
* Ronald Tse (TC?/Ribose Inc.)
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* Reese Plews (ISO/TC 211, Terminology Management Group)
* Reese Plews (ISO/TC211, TMG)
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* [[User:Jgrocha|Jorge Gustavo Rocha]] (OSGeo/QGIS)
 
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* ... others welcomed
 
* ... others welcomed
  
Selection of new members is determined by committee member vote. Committee members may retire any time. If a committee member becomes inactive for many months they may be invited to retire, and if unresponsive they may be removed by the existing committee.
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Past members. We thank these prior members for their contributions:
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* None yet
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Selection of new members is determined by committee member vote. Committee members may retire any time. If a committee member becomes inactive for many months they may be invited to retire, and if unresponsive they may be retired by the existing committee.
  
 
==Decisions==
 
==Decisions==
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* Monitor committee conversations on our email list.
 
* Monitor committee conversations on our email list.
  
==Background==
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[[Category: Lexicon]]
 
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How do terminology entries (terms and definitions) "come into" OSGEO?
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* through education texts (basic concepts)
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* through software related documentation (user guides, tutorials)
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* other
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Who are experts in specific (project/domain) related terminology?
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* educators, teachers
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* project developers, programmers
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* documentation writers
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Who are experts in terminology management?
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* lexicon committee members
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==Terms of reference==
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The terms of reference for the Lexicon Committee describes steps for lexicon approval and data quality requirements. This is openly shared with contributors for transparent acceptance criteria.
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Contributors may propose changes to the terminology database at any time. The terminology management group shall discuss and approve or disapprove of the proposal within a reasonable timeframe. This practice is in-line with the open source, change-based, rapid iteration mantra, similar to OpenSSL.
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For releases, the group shall convene periodically, such as every 4-6 months, to discuss previously decided proposals, governance or technical issues related to terminology management.
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The method of submitting change requests shall also be determined and announced so that contributors understand the necessary processes and timeline.
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=Documenting terms=
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* TBD: This section will describe the process for managing terms.
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* TBD: Information sourced from ​https://www.iso.org/sites/directives/current/part2/index.xhtml#_idTextAnchor196
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=Process for adding and maintaining terms=
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* TBD: Describe a process
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* Anyone can suggest a new term or modify an existing term or its definition.
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* As part of the annual OSGeoLive build process, all existing and proposed new terms will be reviewed, and discussed with proposers.
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* Valid terms will be added to ... (Explain how).
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* They will then be ...
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= Term data structure =
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Terms/Concepts are stored in structured data (YAML) files.
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TODO: describe Concept YAML structure.
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For terms that originate from other authoritative terminology databases, such as those from ISO or OGC, a linkage shall be established from the OSGeo terminology database back to the source.
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TODO: A “contributors guide” document will greatly help these people make the proper suggestions and have them formatted correctly.
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= Online presence =
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Terminology isn’t useful until people use them, which means people need to first know they exist and what they mean. The Geolexica initiative has volunteered to setup https://osgeo.geolexica.org/ to serve OSGeo in managing its lexicon database.
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Geolexica serves human-readable concepts and terms, as well as machine-readable JSON, allowing APIs to directly consume the content. It currently serves ISO/TC 211’s terminology management group in making its multi-lingual geographic information terminology available on the internet (https://www.geolexica.org).
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To minimize friction in the feedback process, for every term offered in the OSGeo terminology pages we can offer a “propose new term” and “propose changes to this term" buttons. This allows user to directly go to the issue platform (e.g. GitHub) to make the suggested changes.
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The structure of Geolexica is designed for efficiency with streamlined management and operations. Terms are stored in structured data (YAML) files, and are directly deployable to the website. The website operates according to best practices, and is served as a static website with dynamic search functionality. Security and performance have always been key considerations.
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= Initial load and data cleanup =
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The initial load of the terms will involve a bulk load from the cleaned terms and definitions that Felicity has compiled. Geolexica could easily handle the initial conversion from table format into the desired structured data format.
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The cleanup process has already been started by Reese Plews, convenor of the TMG at ISO/TC 211.
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[[Category: Education]]
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Latest revision as of 13:29, 17 November 2019

The Lexicon committee is an OSGeo Special Interest Group, responsible for coordinating official definitions for terminology used within the Open Source Geospatial (OSGeo) context. The committee is drawn from the OSGeo, OGC and ISO communities and is based on merit and interest.

Purpose

The Lexicon committee plays the following roles:

  1. Act as the gatekeeper of terms to ensure quality checks of contributions.
  2. Provide a central terminology knowledge for alignment of terms and concepts.
  3. Facilitate the flow of terminology knowledge to terminology authors and users.
  4. Support the use of best practices in writing terms.
  5. Facilitate developing consistent terminology between OSGeo projects.
  6. Act as a conduit of terms between OSGeo projects, OSGeo, OGC and ISO.

The committee involves individual representation from external groups including ISO/TC 211 and OGC in order to leverage their experience in terminology, which is useful in situations such as alerting on cross-organization alignment of concepts or term duplication.

Online presence

Terminology isn’t useful until people use them, which means people need to first know they exist and what they mean. The Geolexica initiative has setup https://osgeo.geolexica.org/ to serve OSGeo in managing the lexicon database.

Geolexica serves human-readable concepts and terms, as well as machine-readable JSON, allowing APIs to directly consume the content. It currently serves ISO/TC 211’s terminology management group in making its multi-lingual geographic information terminology available on the internet (https://www.geolexica.org).

To minimize friction in the feedback process, for every term offered in the OSGeo terminology pages it provides a “propose new term” and “propose changes to this term" buttons. This allows users to directly go to the issue platform (e.g. GitHub) to make the suggested changes.

The structure of Geolexica is designed for efficiency with streamlined management and operations. Terms are stored in structured data (YAML) files, and are directly deployable to the website. The website operates according to best practices, and is served as a static website with dynamic search functionality. Security and performance have always been key considerations.

TBD: We should mention that the Geolexia management software is based on Open Source (which mitigates project risk). We should link to the source code project in github.

OSGeo terms will additionally be published at:

  • OSGeoLive
  • TBD OSGeo Journal?

Coordination

Initial load and data cleanup

The initial load of the terms will involve a bulk load from cleaned terms and definitions sourced from prior OSGeo glossaries. Geolexica could easily handle the initial conversion from table format into the desired structured data format.

As of 2019-10, the cleanup process has already started.

Updates

  • New terms, or improvements to existing terms may be proposed at any time, by anyone in the community.
  • It is recommended that proposed term updates are initially discussed and refined on the Lexicon email list. TBD: Link to list once setup.
  • Terms can then be submitted to the GeoLexia website. TBD explain how.
  • The lexicon committee will periodically review and approve new terms.
  • The lexicon committee will review and update terms at least annually, in line with the OSGeoLive documentation build cycle.

Communication

We communicate on the OSGeo Lexicon email list.

Committee members

TBD: Once formed, the following people have volunteered to join this committee:

  • Cameron Shorter
  • Rob Atkinson (OGC)
  • Ronald Tse (ISO/TC 211, ISO Geodetic Registry Registration Authority, Ribose Inc.)
  • Reese Plews (ISO/TC 211, Terminology Management Group)
  • Jorge Gustavo Rocha (OSGeo/QGIS)
  • ... others welcomed

Past members. We thank these prior members for their contributions:

  • None yet

Selection of new members is determined by committee member vote. Committee members may retire any time. If a committee member becomes inactive for many months they may be invited to retire, and if unresponsive they may be retired by the existing committee.

Decisions

Decisions are based on voting using the following:

  • +1: For
  • +0: Mildly for, but mostly indifferent
  • 0: Indifferent
  • -0: Mildly against, but mostly indifferent
  • -1: Strongly against. This is expected to be accompanied by a reason.

For most decisions, a motion is raised within one of the committee open forums (IRC, email list, etc) and those present vote and decide. Should a decision:

  • Be strategic or impact many within the committee,
  • Or if there be contention in deciding, and after discussion at least one member is still strongly against the motion, by continuing to vote -1,
  • Then the motion should be referred to the committee.

For motions presented to the committee, a motion is considered passed when there are more committee +1 votes than -1 votes, and either all committee members have voted, or 1 week has passed. In the case of a tie, the committee chair shall have 1.5 votes.

Expectations of committee members

  • Contribute to or related activities when the committee is active.
  • Help with whatever dirty work is required to keep the project moving forward.
  • Monitor committee conversations on our email list.