Peter (and everyone else):
I am not sure where to even start. Perhaps my own experience.
Around ten or fifteen years ago I was touring the university circuit making presentations on the UN/CEFACT ontology work and Core Components library. I found myself on a Panel with Dr. Adam Pease and this quiet Asian gentleman. As the talk progressed, myself, Dr. Pease and the Asian gentleman enjoyed a great series of conversations exploring various facets of computer science revolving around ontological matters.
Throughout the evening, I was more and more thrilled to see the depth of knowledge and the willingness to share all things ontology with the panelists and the audience. The audience later informed me this had been one of the greatest sessions they attended.
The quiet spoken individual turned out to be Peter Yim. We went out for sushi afterwards and became friends. I have always looked back at that moment as a pivotal experience in my career.
I have known Peter from this moment forward and have witnessed his keen interest in all things ontology. From the great energy and dedication it takes to run this forum (believe me, this is a LOT OF WORK!) to the tireless willingness to join in ontology related conversations, Peter has dedicated nothing but perfect professionalism and in my opinion, has made a great contribution to the sciences. I've worked with him on many sessions here. We've planned, championed, promoted and performed many talks and other events.
Without Peter, we would not have the forum and the fair and balanced administration of it. It takes a truly amazing person to be able to run a forum, let everyone feel they have been heard and at the same time, adhere to the constraints of time and space. This has been a first class forum from day one and I am very proud to call Peter a friend.
Glowing accolades to you Peter and this forum will forever be in your debt, as I feel I am. You have taught me a lot about ontology work over the years and have been very encouraging to keep me interested and appraised of the latest and greatest.
May your retirement be a happy transition and I hope you will continue to keep in touch.
Best wishes (I think I speak for all of us here).
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