I think think this [and the implied association with ISWC] is a good
idea. I second the motion.
On Sep 20, 2007, at 11:49 AM, Peter Yim wrote: (02)
> Further to recent discussions and that at our Ontolog conference call
> today, there is an ongoing initiative led by Leo Obrst (MITRE) and
> Mike Dean (BBN). They are working up a proposal for the International
> Semantic Web Conference (ISWC) 2009 to be held in the Northern
> Virginia/Greater Washington DC Area of the United States.
> 1. The leads of this initiative are looking for a letter of
> endorsement  as a form of support which Mike will present to the
> ISWC Organizers along with the proposal (when he travels to Korea for
> ISWC 2007 this coming November.)
> 2. Leo's suggested draft of the endorsement letter simply reads:
> Letter of Endorsement for ISWC 2009 Northern Virginia/Greater
> Washington DC Proposal
> To Whom It May Concern:
> I strongly support the proposal to host ISWC 2009 in the Northern
> Virginia/Greater Washington DC, USA area.
> I am very interested in participating in ISWC 2009 if it is held in
> this location, and will seek my organization's sponsorship for this
> While ONTOLOG is not in a position to provide any sort of monetary
> support, we could, at the least, encourage our membership to
> participate and contribute content.
> 3. I move that ONTOLOG furnishes this endorsement (as qualified above)
> as a sign of our support. (Disclosure: I am not from the Greater
> Washington DC Area, but a lot of the Ontolog community members are.)
> ... I need someone to second this motion.
> 4. Upon the motion being seconded, let's open this up for discussion
> for one calendar week. At the end of that period, we will either (a)
> summarily carry the motion if we don't see major objections; (b) put
> it to a vote by the active members, if we are split between supporters
> and objectors, or (c) defeat the motion if the general sentiment is
> against providing the endorsement.
> Regards. =ppy
> Peter Yim
> Co-convener, ONTOLOG
> P.S. For your information, ISWC 2007 (alongside ASWC 2007) is being
> held this coming November 11~15, 2007 at Busan, Korea - see details
> at: http://iswc2007.semanticweb.org/
> ... ISWC 2008 is slated to be held at Karlsruhe, Germany. ... I
> understand that "Early Registration" for ISWC 2007 has just been
> extended to 30-Sep-2007. Therefore, if you are serious about tracking
> the progress of the Semantic Web, register for the conference now!
> P.P.S. I'm sure Leo and Mike will appreciate if YOUR ORGANIZATION can
> provide a similar letter of endorsement to them too. Therefore, if you
> are in a position to get that, please! Letters of endorsement should
> be forwarded to Dr. Leo Obrst at <lobrst@xxxxxxxxx> on/before end
> October 2007.
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