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Re: [ontolog-forum] NCOR Partnership

To: "Peter P. Yim" <peter.yim@xxxxxxxx>, "[ontolog-forum]" <ontolog-forum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, Mark Musen <musen@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: smithsandrag@xxxxxxxxx
Cc: Sandra Smith <SmithSandraG@xxxxxxx>
From: "Smith, Barry" <phismith@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 21 Jul 2006 13:20:59 -0400
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NCOR is pleased to welcome Ontolog Forum as a new partner.
With greetings
Barry Smith
http://ncor.us    (01)

At 10:28 AM 7/21/2006, Peter P. Yim wrote:
> > .. The ballot will be open for seven (7) calendar days from the
> > time-stamp of this message. At the end of that, if we get two
> > or more 'objections', we will make an attempt to get and count
> > the votes from all active members. If we do not have two or
> > more 'objections', we will consider this motion as having been
> > adopted by the Ontolog Community.
>The ballot is now closed. There being no objections, the motion:
>   "That the Ontolog community offer NCOR to be an 'Ontolog Partner' 
> and to accept to be an 'NCOR Partner' if so offered."
>... is adopted by the Ontolog Community.
>We do have an offer from NCOR, as relayed earlier, by Professor 
>Barry Smith, indicating that he and Professor Mark Musen will be 
>delighted to have the Ontolog Forum as an NCOR Partner.
>By including Barry and Mark in this message routing, we want to 
>thank them and to confirm Ontolog's acceptance to be an 'NCOR 
>partner.' We would also like to take the opportunity to reciprocate 
>and extend our offer to NCOR to be an 'Ontolog Partner.'
>We shall look forward to the two communities to collaborate and 
>advance our common cause in the future.
>Thank you all.  =ppy
>Peter P. Yim wrote Fri, 14 Jul 2006 07:05:41 -0700:
>>Dear Ontolog Members,
>>Further to the motion on the subject matter brought up on 
>>7-Jul-2006 (ref: 
>>), the 7 days we set aside for discussion has come and gone. Here 
>>is a summary of the responses received on the motion as brought up 
>>by Peter Yim:
>>  o  Two members, Bill McCarthy (Michigan State U.) and Rex Brooks 
>> (Starbourne), seconded the motion.
>>  o  Six other members posted in support of the motion. They 
>> included: Steven Ray (NIST), Jack Park (SRI), Patrick Cassidy 
>> (MITRE),  Charles Turnitsa (Old Dominion U. Research Foundation), 
>> Naijun Zhou (U. of Maryland College Park) and Bo Newman (KM Forum).
>>  o  one input was received from Scott Spangler (IBM) requesting to 
>> be removed from the mailing list.
>>  o  No input was received to amend or update the wording of the motion.
>>We shall now put the motion to the vote ...
>>It has been moved, on terms of reference cited before (under - 
>>   "That the Ontolog community offer NCOR to be an 'Ontolog 
>> Partner' and to accept to be an 'NCOR Partner' if so offered."
>>We shall make a first attempt to adopt the motion summarily (precedence ref:
>>with the following process:
>>   "The ballot will be open for seven (7) calendar days from the
>>time-stamp of this message. At the end of that, if we get two or
>>more 'objections', we will make an attempt to get and count the
>>votes from all active members. If we do not have two or more
>>'objections', we will consider this motion as having been adopted
>>by the Ontolog Community."
>>As such, please make a post ONLY if (a) you are a registered active 
>>member of this community, and (b) that you object to our adopting 
>>this motion. Please state clearly THAT YOU OBJECT TO ADOPTING THIS MOTION.
>>(for now).
>>Thank you.  =ppy
>>Peter Yim
>>Co-convener, Ontolog
>>Peter P. Yim wrote Fri, 07 Jul 2006 10:59:27 -0700:
>>>Thank you for the support, Bill, Rex, Steve and Jack!
>>>I just realized that I did not even remember to explain who/what 
>>>NCOR is (especially for those who are new in the community, or 
>>>those who are unfamiliar with the acronym). Here goes:
>>>NCOR is the US National Center for Ontological Research 
>>>inaugurated on 27-Oct-2005.  NCOR is led by its two Directors: 
>>>Professor Barry Smith of SUNY Buffalo (ref: 
>>>http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?BarrySmith) and Professor 
>>>Mark Musen of Stanford (ref: 
>>>NCOR has the goal of advancing ontological investigation within 
>>>the United States. It will serve as a vehicle to coordinate, to 
>>>enhance, to publicize, and to seek funding for ontological 
>>>research activities in its two principal sites and in its partner 
>>>institutions. A special focus will be on the establishment of 
>>>tools and measures for quality assurance of ontologies.
>>>NCOR will provide coordination, infrastructure, and other forms of 
>>>support for investigators working in the United States on 
>>>theoretical ontology and on applications in fields such as 
>>>ontology of the sciences, spatial and cognitive ontology, 
>>>terminological systems, enterprise ontology and in a variety of 
>>>defense- and homeland security-related projects.
>>>It will also provide US researchers working in ontology-related 
>>>areas with specialized support in seeking external funding and in 
>>>assembling collaborative, interdisciplinary teams both nationally 
>>>and internationally. It will aid the coordination of ontological 
>>>projects being pursued by its partner institutions and also 
>>>develop resources for the implementation and evaluation of 
>>>ontologies. The Center will also engage in outreach endeavors that 
>>>are designed to broaden the range of institutions and individuals 
>>>accepting the goals of high quality ontology in both theory and practice.
>>>Ref: http://ncor.us
>>>& http://ontolog.cim3.net/forum//ontolog-forum/2005-08/msg00000.html
>>>Regards.  =ppy
>>>Jack Park wrote Fri, 07 Jul 2006 09:30:55 -0700:
>>>>What Rex said (if I'm qualified to chime in!)
>>>>Steve Ray wrote Fri, 7 Jul 2006 10:55:30 -0400:
>>>>>Great idea. I wholeheartedly support this.
>>>Rex Brooks wrote Fri, 7 Jul 2006 05:53:39 -0700:
>>>  > I second this motion.
>>>  >
>>>  > Sincerely,
>>>  > Rex Brooks
>>>McCarthy, William wrote Fri, 7 Jul 2006 07:30:36 -0400:
>>>  > I second Peter's NCOR Partnership motion.
>>>  >
>>>  > Bill McCarthy
>>>  > Michigan State
>>>>>At 4:02 AM -0700 7/7/06, Peter P. Yim wrote:
>>>>>>Those who have been attending our planning meetings will recall 
>>>>>>that we have had the item: "NCOR relationship" listed as 
>>>>>>"pending" for months now.
>>>>>>I am pleased to report that we (through exchanges between 
>>>>>>myself, Barry Smith and Mark Musen) are making very good 
>>>>>>progress lately, and are poised to establish a Two-Way 
>>>>>>Partnership Relationship between Ontolog and NCOR (once we get 
>>>>>>all the formalities out of the way). On our part, what needs to 
>>>>>>be done is that we put forth a motion, and get that adopted by this 
>>>>>>Terms of Reference:
>>>>>>According to the NCOR Statutes, they are expecting NCOR partners to
>>>>>>be: "institutions and research groups in academia, industry and 
>>>>>>government (that) have a proven track record of excellence in 
>>>>>>ontological research or in the application of ontology to the 
>>>>>>solving of concrete problems. In addition they should be 
>>>>>>committed to NCOR's primary goal of raising the quality of 
>>>>>>ontological research and development through development and 
>>>>>>testing of objective measures of quality.
>>>>>>NCOR partner will also have obligations:
>>>>>>   o  to contribute to NCOR's broader goals of coordination and 
>>>>>> evaluation of ontology research;
>>>>>>   o  to help steer NCOR's work in a direction that makes sense 
>>>>>> for their respective constituency;
>>>>>>   o  to help publicize NCOR's goals in their respective constituency;
>>>>>>   o  to inform the Executive Committee about funding opportunities, and
>>>>>>   o  to provide real problems which can be used to test 
>>>>>> ontologies developed by other NCOR partners."
>>>>>>I believe Ontolog qualifies.
>>>>>>Additionally, I reckon that we (Ontolog) will readily accept as 
>>>>>>'partner' any organization that shares our vision and mission 
>>>>>>as stated in the Ontolog's Charter (ref:
>>>>>>http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?WikiHomePage#nidB) and 
>>>>>>is willing to join us in advancing that mission. In the case of 
>>>>>>NCOR, I trust that a two-way Partnership between our two 
>>>>>>organizations (NCOR and Ontolog) will potentially bring about 
>>>>>>synergies that will benefit practitioners and users of 
>>>>>>ontologies or ontology-related work.
>>>>>>I, therefore, move:
>>>>>>"That the Ontolog community offer NCOR to be an 'Ontolog 
>>>>>>Partner' and to accept to be an 'NCOR Partner' if so offered."
>>>>>>Due Process:
>>>>>>(a) I need an active Ontolog member to second the motion.
>>>>>>(b) For the next 7 calendar days, we'll open this up for 
>>>>>>discussion (via this virtual forum), suggestions or amendments.
>>>>>>(c) After that we'll re-state the (possibly updated) motion and 
>>>>>>put it to the vote. The ballot shall be open for 7 calendar 
>>>>>>days (during which active members will vote by e-mail.) We may 
>>>>>>adopt this summarily if there are no objections. (precedence ref:
>>>>>>If we are lucky, we may be able to adopt this in time to allow 
>>>>>>us to announce this during the upcoming Ontolog Face-to-Face 
>>>>>>Meeting which commences on 23-Jul-2006. As such, your prompt 
>>>>>>response are solicited and appreciated.
>>>>>>Feel free to post any question you may have on the matter.
>>>>>>Thanks & regards.  =ppy
>>>>>>Peter P. Yim
>>>>>>Co-convener, Ontolog
>>>>>>--    (02)

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