Re: Quiet?

From: Eugene Eric Kim (
Date: Thu Sep 28 2000 - 08:39:50 PDT

On Wed, 27 Sep 2000, Grant Bowman wrote:

> What's the scoop elsewhere? Do we have tons of funding yet through SRI?

There has been a lot of stuff going on. I'm going to send a more detailed
e-mail within the next few days, but I'll throw out a couple of things
real quickly:

- Design. There were several one-on-one design discussions, which I think
was very valuable for everyone involved. I know these conversations
helped me tremendously in understanding the system, and I hope the written
documents pending from our discussions will help everyone. One document
has already been produced -- Eric's on e-mail's deficiencies -- and it's a

- a2h. After getting a great kickstart from Shinya and Grant, we
developed a working a2h (Augment->HTML) script. This is helpful on two
levels. On one level, Doug will be able to dump old Augment design notes
and source code onto the Web for all to enjoy. He'll also be able to
generate new notes and comments from Augment, and have them dumped onto
the Web automatically. Look for this starting next week. On another
level, as it turns out, a lot of the pending work on this system can be
used as the basis for the system at large. More on that later.

- Funding. We've gotten very strong feedback from DARPA and NIH, and are
in the process of developing formal proposals. We'll know more within the
next few weeks.

One of the previous problems we had was that the group did not have a
common picture of what we're trying to achieve. This was the reason we
split off into smaller sessions in the first place -- to work out these
issues once and for all. I think we've accomplished this, but our next
challenge is to disseminate this information to the rest of the group.

Obviously, before this happens and everyone has a clear picture of our
objectives and what the system is going to look like, it makes it
difficult to start contributing. However, if you're just rarin' to go,
I'd encourage you to push the issue, and start asking questions about the
system or a piece of the system, rather than wait for someone to decree
what you should be doing. We started having some of these discussions
several months ago regarding categorization, the hyperdocument, and other
important issues, but they died relatively quickly. All of these are
vital things to work out, and so if you're looking for things to start
working on, start with those.

So much for a brief note. :-)


+=== Eugene Eric Kim ===== ===== ===+
|       "Writer's block is a fancy term made up by whiners so they        |
+=====  can have an excuse to drink alcohol."  --Steve Martin  ===========+

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