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June 6, 2000

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Eugene Kim

Subject:   Project Summary for Pat Lincoln

Dear Eugene,

Responding to your letter on June 2, 2000 requesting suggestions to support SRI in developing funding for the project, here are several sources where summaries have been developed that may be helpful...

  1. On April 24, 2000, review of the Bootstrap mission and ideas from project contributors resulted in a series of alternate ways to summarize the purpose of the DKR project.

    A third summary is also shown on April 24.

  2. Summary and section on significance of innovation for proposal to NSF last year, suggest something like...

    Our project will create a Dynamic Knowledge Repository (DKR) that serves the public and private sectors with a new, more powerful way to solve major problems. Advances in computer science and cognitive science now make possible a technology of Knowledge Management by integrating time and information. Prior research funded by NSF has shown that the human brain connects information into chains of cause and effect for managing daily experience. The DKR project will exploit these breakthroughs with a unique design that supports an Enterprise Management model, commonly called the paperless office and a virtual office. The nation will benefit from efficiencies that reduce costs, and solve information overload, which otherwise overwhelms human span of attention, causing continual mistakes, loss and conflict in public and commercial life, described by Henry Kissinger as an Alice in Wonderland of bumbling. Examples of the need for the DKR is the President's national initiative on December 7, 1999 to reduce the high cost of medical mistakes, and continuing miscues in the Space Program reported on March 28, 2000. These two illustrate merely the tip of the iceberg that costs the nation billions of dollars each year, which can be largely avoided by a successful DKR project.

    The first step is to develop a collaborative document system (CDS) that introduces practitioners to the new world of Knowledge Space made possible by specially designed applications for the Internet. This initial deliverable will strengthen present communication practices, and provide essential experience for designing the broader system.

  3. On June 5, 2000 a letter to Jack Park and the project team explained how a successful DKR can be accomplished. This may provide additional ideas for a summary that supports SRI's needs.

The letter requesting ideas to support Pat and the SRI people, references a web address that shows prior submissions explaining the purpose of the project. These references, however, have no knowledge support of the kind proposed in the letter to the team on May 4, 2000, explaining advantages for what is commonly called traceability to original sources. While it takes time to perform knowledge management, team understanding about process and level of effort are greatly aided by using, when occasion permits, the methods we are planning to enhance.



Rod Welch