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Re: [ontology-summit] Ontology Summit 2011: Communique draft review sess

To: Michael F Uschold <uschold@xxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Ontology Summit 2011 discussion <ontology-summit@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
From: "John F. Sowa" <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 07 Apr 2011 01:54:31 -0400
Message-id: <4D9D5197.9090901@xxxxxxxxxxx>
On 4/7/2011 1:20 AM, Michael F Uschold wrote:
> Did you get a chance to put together the introduction paragraphs?    (01)

I'm still working on it.    (02)

As you may have noticed, I can write 3 paragraphs very quickly in
response to an email note.  But trying to think of a good "hook"
for a title of an article or an opening paragraph of the article
is extremely difficult.    (03)

I'll sleep on it.  If I can think of anything when I wake up, I'll
type it up.  But right now, I can't think of what to say.    (04)

Exercise for the readers:    (05)

  1. Can anybody think of some idea that would really grab the readers'
     attention -- i.e., the readers we want to reach.    (06)

  2. It's not necessary to phrase that idea in a catchy way.  The first
     thing that comes to mind is rarely a good hook, but it can be a
     starting point to start the thinking process.    (07)

  3. The second paragraph should be the "anecdote", which develops the
     idea.  That could consist of one or more examples of promising
     applications for ontology, along the lines we discussed in our
     previous telecon.    (08)

  4. Then the third paragraph generalizes the examples into a principle
     that could be applied to many things similar to the ones given
     in the anecdote(s).    (09)

Notice that I just wrote up the material in this note very quickly.
That is because I was talking about something that I had thought
about years ago.    (010)

But as I said in earlier telecons, my mind is a blank when it comes
to selling ontology.  I can write pages and pages *about* ontology,
but I don't really know how to sell it.    (011)

John    (012)

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