Terminology working group, member organizations & specialist meetings
A number of sub-groups have formed at different times to assist with the development of various FISH projects and products. The Terminology Working Group meet regularly, but otherwise the FISH Mailing List is used for online discussions on general, technical or subject specific issues. E-conferences are sometimes organized to invite group discussion and consensus on changes or amendments to FISH standards or guidance.
We currently have one main terminology working group, with two sub-groups focusing on Landforms and sediments, and Lithics.
Terminology Working Group (TWG)
The FISH Terminology Working Group (FISH TWG) help support thesauri development within the heritage sector. Meetings are held twice yearly (April/October), usually in London. Number of attending members is limited to 12 to 15 to keep the meetings focused but anyone can become a corresponding member.
Recent issues discussed at general meetings, other than new candidate term submissions, include Neolithic and Mesolithic terminology needs, the restructure of the Archaeological Objects Thesaurus, and minor revisions to the Historic England Periods List. Chair for these meetings is Phil Carlisle, Historic England.
Download FISH TWG Terms of Reference
In addition to the general terminology meetings, members also meet to discuss amendments to specific subject areas, such as terminology for landforms, sediments and lithics. This will involve revision of the FISH Monument Type Thesaurus, where for example a new class will be developed called ‘natural features’, and the FISH Archaeological Objects Thesaurus. This may be followed by a review of the FISH Evidence Thesaurus with regard to recording palaeoenvironmental evidence.
FISH members – please participate!
Please get in touch if you are interested in contributing to any of the existing working groups. We also welcome suggestions for any other related topics you would like to see discussed, developed or promoted by the FISH community.