[unrev-II] Upcoming Agenda Items

From: Eric Armstrong (eric.armstrong@eng.sun.com)
Date: Fri Apr 21 2000 - 21:46:37 PDT

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    These are the presenations we currently have on the calendar.
      * Werner Schaer, Software Productivity Consortium
        (next meeting)
      * Doug Englebart: Augment
        (whenever ready)

    This is the prioritized list of topics we generated at the last
    meeting. [I've added one more at the end -- after the meeting
    I realized that my major focus never got mentioned!]

    1) Use Case Scenarios
       Still very high level. What the people using the system
       are going to be doing, how it is going to help them.
       Doug is going to Washington in a month. This exercise
       will help bring into focus the concrete benefits the
       system will provide. (Since people can readily visualize
       concrete benefits, this activity should help with the
       funding effort.)

    2) Evaluations of "Starter Technologies"
       These are the early collaboration tools we may well want
       to employ as we go about designing the next generation
       system. We could build a starter system ourselves, but it
       might make sense to use an existing tool for that purpose.
       [Note: We need to get on to item 3 fast, for Doug's use
        in Washington, so we may wind up dividing up the list
        for evaluations in one meeting, then farming out the
        highly-evaluated possibilities for evaluation by someone
        else. So this item should be a fairly quick "report/
        assign activity.]

    3) Technology Roadmap
       A development plan that shows what we intend to build long
       term and the release stages we plan to go through to get

    4. Transcoding Vector
       An in-depth evaluation of Doug's favored "get started"
       option, using WBI to transcode existing documents.

    5. Licensing and Business Model
       How we are going to do things in a way that makes the results
       available to humanity, yet provides the income necessary to
       ensure continued development and concept-marketing (to
       achieve widespread adoption of interoperating collaboration
       technologies provided by a large number of vendors, with the
       ultimate goal of augmenting (collaborative) human intelligence
       on the shortest possible time scale.

       [Note: I'll post a possible licensing model in a subsequent

    6. Data Structures [I added this one.]
       Identifying the "atomic" structure (or structures) that can
       be strung together to build the system. [I have some thoughts
       on this. Not sure if I'll get them posted tonight, though.]

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