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From: "Peter Yim" <peter.yim@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 6 Apr 2006 04:45:02 -0700
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Fyi ...    (01)

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From: Mark Musen <musen@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Apr 5, 2006 8:59 PM
Subject: [protege-discussion] Letter of support for Protege renewal grant
To: protege-users@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx,
Protege-discussion@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, Protege-OWL@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx    (02)

The entire Protégé team is very grateful to all of you who have sent
in letters of support.  As you know, the continuation of the Protégé
resource is dependent on our ability to demonstrate the value that we
provide to our community when our grant application goes under
review.  Nothing will be more persuasive than the letters of support
that we can include with our grant application.    (03)

I am using this message to respond to several rather frequent
questions that I have received privately concerning these letters.    (04)

Q: When should the letters of support be received by Stanford?
A: Anytime will be OK.  To be most useful to us, however, we should
receive your letter by the end of April.    (05)

Q: Are letters important from users who are not based in academia?
A: Yes!!  NIH wants to know that people in government, in the
commercial sector, and in not-for-profit organizations are able to
benefit from the resource.    (06)

Q: Are letters important from users outside the United States?
A: Yes!!  NIH wants to know that Protégé is having global impact.    (07)

Q: What should I do if my organization is using Protégé in several
A: Consider asking each project leader to write a letter of support.
The more letters that we can receive, the better.    (08)

Thanks again for the outpouring of support that we have already
received.  Please feel free to forward this message to others whom
you believe might be able to help us out.  We have few metrics of our
success other than the testimonials that we are able to garner from
our users.  Your letters are important to us, and we are very
grateful for the time that you are taking to help us out.    (09)

Thanks again,    (010)

Mark    (011)

Begin forwarded message:    (012)

> From: Mark Musen <musen@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Date: March 20, 2006 3:59:18 PM PST
> To: protege-owl@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, protege-
> discussion@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, protege-users@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [protege-discussion] Letter of support for Protege renewal
> grant
> Reply-To: protege-discussion@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Friends,
> 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.
> 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.
> I am asking for something very simple:  A letter of support that we
> can include in our grant application.
> 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.
> 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.
> 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.
> Although there is no required format for your letter, it would be
> wonderful if you could comment on the following kinds of things:
> * How are you using Protégé?  Please describe the project or projects
> with which you are using the system.
> * 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?
> * If the availability of an open-source product such as Protégé is
> important to you, you might comment on why this is the case.
> * 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.
> * In sum, how has the availability of the Protégé resource made a
> difference to you and your work?
> 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.
> 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.
> Please send your letters to me at the address below.
> Many thanks,
> Mark Musen
> Principal Investigator, the Protégé project
> -----------------------------------------------
> 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
> Phone: +1 (650) 725-3390
> Fax: +1 (650) 725-7944
> musen@xxxxxxxxxxxx    (013)

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