Invitation to Open House of Collaborative Electronic Notebook Systems (CENS) Consortium

Rich Lysakowski, Ph.D. rich at CENSA.ORG
Fri Aug 15 02:37:17 EST 1997


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Dear Colleague,

We request your attendance at an End User Open House of the=20
Collaborative Electronic Notebook Systems (CENS) Consortium. =20

PURPOSE OF THE MEETING:  to disclose to you the strategies, products,
processes, and schedules for the CENS Consortium=92s Knowledge, Software=20
and Hardware Deliverables.  From this meeting you will get a lot of usefu=
l=20
information about electronic notebook systems and the CENS Consortium=92s=
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work that will help you decide about your company=92s level of membership=
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and participation.

MEETING TIME:  1:30 PM to 4:45 PM , Thursday, September 11, 1997
This immediately follows the American Chemical Society=92s (ACS) Symposiu=
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on ELECTRONIC NOTEBOOKS AND INTRANETS at the Las Vegas Convention Center,=
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from 9 AM until 12 noon.

MEETING PLACE:  The CENS Consortium Open House will be held in the=20
Capri 1 Room at the Riviera Hotel, in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 11=20
from 1:30 PM until 4:45 PM.  The Open House Agenda follows below. =20

The Riviera Hotel & Casino is located at 2901 Las Vegas Boulevard South.

COST TO YOU:  Free to Confirmed Attendees.  Free lunch will be provided=20
to the first 40 confirmed attendees!!

INTENDED AUDIENCE:  Scientists, engineers, attorneys, librarians,=20
records managers, archivists, intellectual property specialists,=20
information technology and laboratory automation experts. =20

ACTION REQUIRED BY YOU:  Please send e-mail to Leslie Doyle at CENSA
(ldoyle at censa.org) to register and to have the CENS Consortium=20
Nondisclosure Agreement sent to you.  See below for details.

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THE ACS SYMPOSIUM ON ELECTRONIC NOTEBOOKS AND INTRANETS: =20

Dr. Rich Lysakowski will chair the ACS Symposium on "Electronic Notebooks
and INTRANETS" as part 8 of the 12-part series of symposia designed to
forward research and bring commercially supported electronic notebooks in=
to
global usage.  In Las Vegas, many experts will present technical and lega=
l
research results and their views on commercial products applied to this
area. =20

Alternatively, see http://www.censa.org/CENSAp/ACSsym, papers 54 to 59=20
for Symposium details.

See www.lib.uchicago.edu/~atbrooks/CINF/cinflas.htm, for abstracts
of all ACS' CINF papers at the Las Vegas Meeting.

See www.acs.org/meetings/lasvegas/welcome.htm for ACS Meeting details. =20

The Las Vegas Convention Center is located at 3150 Paradise Road.=20

The ACS Symposium and the CENS Consortium Open House will give you=20
a solid view of the state of industry for electronic notebook systems=20
and collaborative computing in science.

For more information on CENS and CENSA, please see http://www.censa.org
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WORK OF THE CENS CONSORTIUM:

To better understand the Consortium's work -- think about having a
"collaborative electronic lab notebook system" that your teams of
scientists worldwide can use to reliably capture, manage, securely share
and permanently archive and retrieve ALL common data and records generate=
d
in R&D and testing labs.  Then embed this tool into powerful, easy-to-use
enterprise scalable frameworks that easily support complex R&D project da=
ta
management and collaboration.  Then include powerful tools that make it
easy to integrate all your existing software tools.  This integrated visi=
on=20
is a major goal of the Collaborative Electronic Notebook Systems Consorti=
um.

THE CENS CONSORTIUM'S MISSION:  to drive creation of open, commercially=20
available, reasonably-priced and supported advanced software to support=20
intra-enterprise R&D team project data management and collaboration,=20
focusing short-term on complete electronic notebook systems that meet=20
end user, and corporate scientific, patent, regulatory, and technical
requirements. =20

CENSA is using the best available processes and methods for accelerating
development work by handling most operational details for Members, such a=
s
eliminating unnecessary and costly preliminary meetings.  Many other step=
s=20
are being taken to speed development and reduce costs to Members.

At this meeting you will learn about the processes being used to fulfill
the Consortium=92s mission, including: =20

1) Prioritizing the functional and business requirements for R&D team
computing and collaborative electronic notebook systems, in a few months,
rather than years proposed by others;

2) Rapidly assessing commercially available and emerging technologies,=20
with the objective of building upon more than one set of base platforms,
middleware, and desktop components;

3) Contracting with the best qualified vendors to enhance or construct=20
the necessary base platforms, tools, and applications so they become robu=
st=20
and full-function R&D Team Computing Systems with electronic notebooks;

4) Overseeing and administering the development and testing processes for
the resulting software;

5) Pre-testing and certifying the software and hardware deliverables in t=
he
CENS Consortium Testbed Laboratory before it ships to Members; and

6) Issuing certified products to Consortium Members at substantial discou=
nts.

We are also sponsoring CENS Program Groups, which are CENS groups focused
on regulatory processes and technology development.  Key deliverables
include detailed System Specifications, Statements of Best Practices, and
SOPs for Fully Electronic Records Management and Recordkeeping in Regulat=
ed
Industries.  Some Members have told us that the CENS Program Groups alone=
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are worth the price of joining.

The Consortium is selecting base platforms and vendors based on the rigor=
ous=20
screening process developed by Members.  Vendors and systems include thos=
e=20
for electronic notebooks and recordkeeping, groupware, document managemen=
t,=20
the World Wide Web, LIMS, instrument interfacing, chemical, biological,=20
spectroscopic, and materials data management, and other tools.  The CENS=20
Consortium emphasizes an open process, driven by end user and vendor need=
s,=20
to result in products marketed by Consortium Vendors with truly open, mod=
ular=20
and extensible designs, using or defining standards wherever possible.

If you want to know more about CENS and the CENS Consortium, we
wholeheartedly invite you and your company to attend this Open House. =20

Please feel free to call if you have any questions.  We look forward to
seeing you on September 11, and working with you in the near future as=20
part of the Collaborative Electronic Notebook Systems Consortium.

Sincerely,

Rich Lysakowski, Ph.D., Executive Director,=20
The Collaborative Electronic Notebook Systems Consortium
Phone: 617-935-9600; fax: 617-935-3113;=20
E-Mail: rich at censa.org; Web: www.censa.org

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P.S.  THIS MEETING IS ONLY OPEN TO END USER COMPANIES IN THE CHEMICAL,=20
PHARMACEUTICAL, BIOTECHNOLOGY, AGRICHEMICAL, FOOD AND BEVERAGE, OIL=20
AND GAS,CONSUMER PRODUCTS, ENVIRONMENTAL, AND RELATED INDUSTRIES.=20

THIS MEETING IS NOT OPEN TO COMPUTER, SOFTWARE OR SERVICE VENDORS=20
OF ANY KIND. HOWEVER, FUTURE MEETINGS WILL BE OPEN TO VENDOR MEMBERS.

To attend this disclosure meeting, you must return a current CENSA=20
NONDISCLOSURE AGREEMENT signed by a legal representative of your company,=
=20
because we will be disclosing significant proprietary information that=20
took years to develop.  This is the only way to be confirmed as an=20
attendee.  Please send e-mail to Leslie Doyle at CENSA (ldoyle at censa.org)=
=20
to have the CENSA Nondisclosure Agreement sent to you.

No person can attend the Consortium meeting without a signed agreement=20
received by CENSA at least two days ahead of the meeting.  Please call=20
617-935-9600 if you need further clarification or questions about this. =20
If you have recently signed this agreement then you have already=20
fulfilled this requirement for attendance.

Copyright 1997 - CENSA, All Rights Reserved Internationally

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                       MEETING AGENDA FOR=20
 THE COLLABORATIVE ELECTRONIC NOTEBOOK SYSTEMS (CENS) CONSORTIUM=20
                          OPEN HOUSE

  1:30 PM to 4:45 PM , Thursday, September 11, 1997, Las Vegas, Nevada

  Free Lunch served at 12:30 PM to the first 40 confirmed attendees!!

MEETING AGENDA=20

 - Introductions of Consortium Participants and Meeting Attendees

 - Collaborative Electronic Notebook Systems (CENS) & The CENS Consortium=
=20

 - Business Problems The CENS Consortium is Solving

 - R&D Team Computing Consortium Deliverables=20
     - Legal and Regulatory Program
     - Technical Program Knowledge Deliverables
     - Software and Hardware Systems and Tools

 - CENSA Technical Architecture for Electronic Notebook Systems

 - Project Management, Product Management and Delivery Processes=20

 - Consortium Research and Development Schedule

 - Fiscal and Human Resources Required From Participants

 - Closing the Loop on Your Company=92s Participation=20

 - General Discussion and Next Steps for Your Company

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EVENING CLOSED-DOOR MEETING - FOR CONSORTIUM MEMBERS ONLY

Reviews of:

 - System Functional Specifications for Notebook Clients, Servers,=20
    and Integration Tools=20

 - Consortium Technical Architecture

 - Progress on Engineering Work and Schedules

 - Progress on Vendor RFPs and Vendor Participation

 - Other Ongoing Work with Vendors=20

 - Consortium Membership Activities

 - Discussion of Next Steps


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