Yes, I know the feeling, I've written up many a research proposal in my time. If any of you want a quick sample of why he needs this info, just take a quick read at any abstract from a scientific journal in the social and life sciences and you'll see why the population of interest is important.
We as a group can only stand to benefit, and benefit tremendously. Think of the advantages... We get a group of researchers dedicating time and effort to give us the access to programming tools we've wined about in the past and will surely wine about in the future. He is asking for so little and offering us so much.
Matthew---- Original Message ----- From: "Andreas Stefik" <stefika@xxxxxxxxx>
To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Friday, October 19, 2007 2:14 PM Subject: Re: Number of folks on the list
Exactly, mathew, in order to make a case to a government funding agency that our research lab should be given any funding at all, we need to be able to demonstrate that working on programming tools for blind computer programmers is something researchers should bother to do. The team I work with thinks the problems blind programmers must, inherently, face are pretty fascinating, but we have to convince the rest of the community to deny funding from other projects and divert it to ours. Funding is always a difficult case to make. Basic community statistics would be helpful. Since the major organizations, apparently world wide, don't seem to keep any kind of statistics on blind computer programmers, as far as they report to me at least, the best we can do is reference a popular blind programmer mailing list. If no stats are available for the list, or they cannot be revealed without giving away information that is truly private, that's totally reasonable, but it seems like a perfectly reasonable question to ask. Andy __________ View the list's information and change your settings at //www.freelists.org/list/programmingblind __________ NOD32 2604 (20071019) Information __________ This message was checked by NOD32 antivirus system. http://www.eset.com
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