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WOWG: Press release cannot be done in time

From: Jim Hendler <hendler@cs.umd.edu>
Date: Mon, 22 Jul 2002 10:12:03 -0400
Message-Id: <p05111701b961c067d8cd@[10.0.0.17]>
To: webont <www-webont-wg@w3.org>
Cc: Eric Miller <em@w3.org>, Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>

  WOWG members -
    Although we resolved last Thursday that we would try to do a press
release, it was contingent on the ability of getting permission from 
the W3C team, and also was contingent on the W3C being able to 
provide the significant
necessary support from both the communications and semantic web
activity teams.    It turns out that W3C policy requests at least 4 
week notice for press releases (more in the summer when people are on 
vacation) and there just weren't enough people available to turn out 
a press release in so much shorter a time (W3C press releases come 
out in multiple languages and require a number of tasks including 
getting them marked up for RSS feeds and the like).
  So, due the fact that this is vacation time, that  there's many 
other things going in both the Sem Web Activity and the W3C as a 
whole,  it looks like the only way to do a Press Release would be to 
hold up our documents.  However, given the importance of our 
documents to people trying to make strategic decisions about semantic 
web-related activities (esp those with EU and US govt Fiscal Year 
constraints), the W3C folks and I felt that it was more important to 
use Dan's time and other W3C resources to get our documents out. 
Apologies for getting  people's hopes up, and we will be sure that in 
later circumstances we  will arrange things further ahead and work 
out these sorts of issues before trying to move forward with 
publicity -- when we get to recommendation status (and all your 
efforts in getting these documents done convinces me we will do so), 
we will make sure we get the publciity we deserve.
    Onward...
   Jim H.
Received on Monday, 22 July 2002 10:13:11 GMT

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