Different procedures exist to change the different sections of the field
descriptions. There are three procedures:
Changes to the DIF field names, definitions and syntax
may be suggested by posting the proposed change to the Interop Listserver,
a forum which discusses the DIF and related metadata issues. Suggestions
for new fields are also sent to the Interop Listserver. For more information
about the Interop Listserver, see https://gcmd.gsfc.nasa.gov/collaborate/forum.html.
The proposed change should be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org,
The listserver participants then discuss the suggestion via the forum. Based
on the discussion, the suggestor may revise the proposal. The revised proposal
is then sent to the listserver, and discussion continues. When a final proposal
is achieved, the proposal is sent to a voting commitee which votes on the
proposed change. If the vote is favorable, the change is implemented. Changes
will appear in the next release of the MD software and DIF Writer's Guide.
Changes to the DIF field specifications may be suggested by sending email
to User Support,
Improvements and additions to the DIF field recommendations and examples
may be suggested by sending email to User Support with
the following information
GCMD staff then reviews the suggestion and decides what action to take.
A reply is sent to the individual making the suggestion, stating what
action will be taken.
Changes will appear in the next version of the DIF Writer's Guide.