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From: "Peter Yim" <peter.yim@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2006 14:06:33 -0800
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Folks,    (01)

I am forwarding Mark Musen and his Protégé team's solicitation for
support (which should be self explanatory). ... Let's each (if we
have, in any way, benefited from that project) give them their well
deserved support by writing the support letter now.    (02)

Sincerely.  =ppy    (03)

P.S. I would like to have our Ontolog community send a support letter
too. Those who have an opinion on the matter please show up at this
Tursday's regular weekly call (see:
), or post your input prior to the call  -- we'll be discussing and
conclude on an action regarding this matter then.  =ppy
--    (04)

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Mark Musen <musen@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mar 20, 2006 3:59 PM
Subject: [protege-discussion] Letter of support for Protege renewal grant
To: protege-owl@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, protege-discussion@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx,
protege-users@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx    (05)

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Friends,    (06)

I apologize for the cross-postings, but this message is very
important.  As most of you know, Stanford is able to make the Protégé
system available as a freely downloadable, supported, open-source
platform only because we receive a generous grant from the United
States National Library of Medicine (NLM).  The NLM funding supports
bug fixes and feature enhancements requested by the community.  Each
new release of the Protégé system is a direct result of our NLM funding.    (07)

We have received funding for the Protégé resource since 2003, and it
is now time to prepare our renewal application so that we can
continue to evolve the software, to answer questions posted to our
mailing lists, and to offer our annual Protégé conference.  For those
of you who have benefitted from the availability of Protégé over the
years, we would be extremely grateful if you to help us to secure
ongoing funding so that you can continue to receive these benefits.    (08)

I am asking for something very simple:  A letter of support that we
can include in our grant application.    (09)

When our request for grant funding will be reviewed by the NLM, the
testimonials that we receive from our user community will have a
major role in determining whether we will receive future funding and,
if so, whether we will be funded at the level that we request in our
proposal.  Letters from the major projects that rely on Protégé
technology would go a long way to ensuring uninterrupted user support
and many exciting new features in the years ahead.    (010)

It would be best if you could send me a letter on letterhead (either
hardcopy or PDF) that I can include in the grant application.
Sending me e-mail is fine, but a letter on formal letterhead with a
real signature will have more impact.    (011)

Every letter should provide a brief description of the project or
projects for which you are using Protégé or have used Protégé.  If a
project is the result of federally sponsored research, please include
a reference to the agency that is funding the work and the
corresponding grant or contract number.  Grant numbers are
particularly important to the National Institutes of Health.    (012)

Although there is no required format for your letter, it would be
wonderful if you could comment on the following kinds of things:    (013)

* How are you using Protégé?  Please describe the project or projects
with which you are using the system.    (014)

* How have you benefitted from the Protégé resource?  Have you or
your team used our mailing lists?  Have you communicated with the
Protégé development group directly?  Have you attended any of our
conferences?    (015)

* If the availability of an open-source product such as Protégé is
important to you, you might comment on why this is the case.    (016)

* There are now several commercial tools on the market that allow
users to create and edit ontologies and knowledge bases.  If you
believe that Protégé and its plug-ins offers features that are
important to you that are not found in these commercial products, you
might want to comment on why you are using Protégé.  The government
will want to know why it should continue to invest in the Protégé
system and in its ongoing evolution.    (017)

* In sum, how has the availability of the Protégé resource made a
difference to you and your work?    (018)

Formal letters are best but, if it is impractical to write a letter,
a brief e-mail message will be greatly appreciated.  Fundamentally,
the continued existence of the Protégé resource depends on our
ability to demonstrate the importance of our work to the community
that we support.    (019)

I know that this request imposes on your time, and the entire Protégé
team will be grateful for any statement of support that we can
include in our grant application.  One of the most exciting aspects
of the Protégé project has been the ability to serve and support a
user community that believes in our work and what we are trying to
do.  All of us who work on this project are grateful to all of you
who have contributed your support, your suggestions, and your code to
the Protégé project.    (020)

Please send your letters to me at the address below.    (021)

Many thanks,    (022)

Mark Musen
Principal Investigator, the Protégé project    (023)

Mark A. Musen, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Medicine (Medical Informatics) and, by courtesy, of
Computer Science
Head, Stanford Medical Informatics
Stanford University
251 Campus Drive, X-215
Stanford, CA  94305  USA    (024)

Phone: +1 (650) 725-3390
Fax: +1 (650) 725-7944    (025)

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