Eric Armstrong


Date: Fri, 21 Apr 2000 21:46:37 -0700

From:   Eric Armstrong

To:     unrev2

Subject:   Upcoming Agenda Items DKR Project Meetings


These are the presenations we currently have on the calendar.


This is the prioritized list of topics we generated at the last meeting. [I've added one more at the end -- after the meeting I realized that my major focus never got mentioned!]

  1. Use Case Scenarios

    Still very high level. What the people using the system are going to be doing, how it is going to help them. Doug is going to Washington in a month. This exercise will help bring into focus the concrete benefits the system will provide. (Since people can readily visualize concrete benefits, this activity should help with the funding effort.)

  2. Evaluations of "Starter Technologies"

    These are the early collaboration tools we may well want to employ as we go about designing the next generation system. We could build a starter system ourselves, but it might make sense to use an existing tool for that purpose.

    [Note: We need to get on to item 3 fast, for Doug's use in Washington, so we may wind up dividing up the list for evaluations in one meeting, then farming out the highly-evaluated possibilities for evaluation by someone else. So this item should be a fairly quick "report/ assign activity.]

  3. Technology Roadmap

    A development plan that shows what we intend to build long term and the release stages we plan to go through to get there.

  4. Transcoding Vector

    An in-depth evaluation of Doug's favored "get started" option, using WBI to transcode existing documents.

  5. Licensing and Business Model

    How we are going to do things in a way that makes the results available to humanity, yet provides the income necessary to ensure continued development and concept-marketing (to achieve widespread adoption of interoperating collaboration technologies provided by a large number of vendors, with the ultimate goal of augmenting (collaborative) human intelligence on the shortest possible time scale.

    [Note: I'll post a possible licensing model in a subsequent message.]

  6. Data Structures [I added this one.]

    Identifying the "atomic" structure (or structures) that can be strung together to build the system. [I have some thoughts on this. Not sure if I'll get them posted tonight, though.]


Eric Armstrong