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I have to say I am in full agreement with Len on the need to pay 
professionals for participation in development projects.  Importantly, 
there seems to be a misconception among list posters that academics have 
no vested interest in developing products; that is far from the case in 
my experience.

As both a professional and an academic, with, a considerable vested 
interest in the development of XML applications, among other 
technologies, for digital heritage archives, libraries, and related 
virtual reality simulations of sites, monuments and objects, it is very 
frustrating to be in situations where funding shortfalls impede both 
real and potential progress in the development of technology 
applications- applications that once developed, have potential for use 
far beyond the digital heritage domain.

It is fair to say that academics are more directly involved in scholarly 
research as that is their primary agenda, and while the majority of 
academics are often less directly involved in technology transfer and 
industry related product development.  However, this is not to say that 
significant advances of relevance to industry have not come from 
academia, that have direct and important impact upon industry - far from 
it, and I don't sense that I need to itemize these things here.

 It is important to note that many "products" of such research, 
particularly in computer science and information technology, as well as 
computer and electrical engineering fields, have direct benefit to 
industry and enterprise, and it is equally important to note that many 
of the successes are due to financial support of academic research by 
both private enterprise and public sector funding at Federal/State/local 
levels as well as support from non-profit foundations and organizations.
In short, more attention, especially attention in the form of industry 
support, for academic research is essential to insure that technology 
continues to advance.

Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote:

>I said pay professsionals, Dare.  Some might be 
>professional standards people such as are provided 
>out of ISO.  Our results with these people have 
>been excellent.  Some are professionals in the 
>domain and might even include some 'softies 
>if Bad Bill decides to provide.  Certainly he 
>pays people to participate. Michael Champion, 
>for example, Jean Paoli was another.
>Attitude matters more than pay but again, 
>I think it realistic to expect decent wages 
>for hard work.  
>From: Dare Obasanjo [mailto:dareo@microsoft.com]
>Professional standards people? The XSD working group was full of them
>and I personally think this is one of the reasons it was a disaster. A
>bunch of academics with no stake in the success of the technology since
>they weren't building products OR did not accurately represent their
>constituency on thew orking group. 
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From the desk of James [Jim] E. Landrum III,
Archaeology Materials and Database Manager,
Archaeology Technologies Laboratory (ATL; http://atl.ndsu)
North Dakota State University (NDSU),
Digital Archive Network for Anthropology and World Heritage (DANA-WH; http://dana-wh.net)
Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA) 
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