[pcplantdb] [Fwd: Use of Plants For A Future database]
pyg at galatea.org
Tue Aug 2 12:52:58 EDT 2005
Not sure why they are asking, except that they probably don't realize
it has a CC license. Regardless, it's very cool to be acknowledged
I'm kind of wondering what the long term plans are for Plants For A
Future. Do you see it continuing on indefinitely and in parallel with
PIW or do you see PIW replacing it completely? If it's the latter it
might be worthwhile to redirect Chandrika to PIW instead....
Stephanie, this email is a good sort of thing to send with funding
python -c 'import base64;print base64.decodestring("cHlnQGdhbGF0ZWEub3Jn")'
Richard Morris writes:
> Microsoft Encarta!
> What are peoples thoughts?
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: Use of Plants For A Future database
> Date: Mon, 1 Aug 2005 13:37:15 -0700
> From: Chandrika Kaul <ckaul at microsoft.com>
> To: <webmaster at pfaf.org>, <admin at pfaf.org>
> Dear Sir/Madam:
> My name is Chandrika Kaul, and I'm an editor with Microsoft Encarta, in
> Redmond, WA. I'm contacting you about the possibility of including
> individual facts extracted from the Plants For A Future database in the
> Encarta Answers service on MSN Search.
> It is becoming evident that internet search engines can connect users
> with specific information a LOT more easily than has been the case so
> far. As part of this effort, we have built a platform designed to answer
> users' questions directly. If a user types in a question such as "What
> are the common names for Cabbage?", our goal is to give them the answer
> to that question first, right at the top of the search results page. In
> fact, this example, and many more like it, works right now. Give it a
> try here: _http://search.msn.com_. We'd like our Answers service to work
> just as well if a user were to ask "What are the medicinal uses of
> Jute?", "What are the physical characteristics of Jute?", or any other
> specific question about plants statistics.
> We envision an arrangement in which Plants For A Future provides
> Encarta with this database, which we would incorporate into our Answers
> service. In exchange, Plants For A Future would receive full credit and
> a link in the source citation accompanying the answer. Each cell of
> Plants data in Answer will give Plants For A Future database as source.
> We will not alter or transform information from this db. Essentially,
> you get top-of-page placement in MSN Search results whenever a user asks
> a question we answer with your data, which should increase awareness of
> and website traffic to Plants For A Future.
This is actually a requirement of the CC license. You may want to
point this out in future correspondence.
> Thanks for your time and attention! An early reply will be very much
> I remain respectfully,
> Chandrika Kaul
> Statistics Editor
> Encarta Reference Library
> 425 706-5760
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