Groups take in a central position within ICZS. Members (and non-members) organize themselves in groups in order to discuss specific topics relating to standards in zoomorphology (i.e. Interest Group) and in order to collaboratively develop specific standards (i.e. Task Group).
Contributions will be organized within Interest Groups, which are dedicated to different particular aspects of zoomorphology standardization. While new Interest Groups can be formed and later dissolved again, ICZS maintains several Permanent Interest Groups, which represent the backbone of the standardization initiative. Interest Groups are used for exchanging information, keeping current with developments in the field and discussing relevant concepts and methods. Interest Groups must also work on and contribute terms and definitions to the ICZS Glossary.
Task Groups are dedicated to the development of a specific zoomorphology standard or an organizational standard for ICSM. Each Task Group is associated to one particular Interest Group, within which it is organized. Organizationally, a Task Group is thus part of its associated Interest Group.
Standards related Permanent Interest Groups
ICZS has five Standards related Permanent Interest Groups:
the Data Interest Group is dedicated to the discussion and development of standards for zoomorphological data, in particular to the development of common criteria for morphological terminology, which may result in the development of a general Metazoan Anatomy Reference Ontology, and the contribution of general morphological terms to the ICZS Glossary. Moreover, it will assist in transforming the ICZS Glossary into an ICZS Ontology;
the Metadata Interest Group is dedicated to the discussion and development of content standards for zoomorphological metadata, in particular to the development of minimum information checklists and the contribution of terms to the general ICZS Glossary that refer to specific methods, techniques and instruments that are required for the documentation of metadata;
the 'Raw Data' Interest Group is dedicated to the discussion and development of standards for zoomorphological 'raw data' and their long-term storage in data repositories and the development of criteria for evaluating the trustworthiness of respective data repositories;
the Morphological Data Reporting Scheme Interest Group is dedicated to the discussion and development of a standardized scheme for storing and communicating morphological data and metadata (and 'Raw Data') that will establish a general format standard for morphological information;
the Publication Interest Group is dedicated to the discussion and development of standards and recommendations for zoomorphology related publications (i.e. traditional paper journals, but also including open access online journals and the publication of data in databases and repositories), in particular to standards referring to figures and figure captions, citation practices and recommendation regarding accessibility of data and metadata used in publications.
Organization related Permanent Interest Groups
ICZS has one Organization related Permanent Interest Groups:
the Defined Processes & Formal Documents Interest Group is dedicated to the discussion and improvement of all Defined Processes within the organization of ICZS and all Formal Documents used in ICZS