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From "Johnson, Eric" <>
Subject RE: New Name for UIMA Podling?
Date Mon, 16 Oct 2006 14:36:36 GMT
I kind of like Apache Semanatee

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Adam Lally [] 
> Sent: Monday, October 16, 2006 9:11 AM
> To:
> Subject: New Name for UIMA Podling?
> Hi everyone,
> First a quick introduction:  I am one of the original UIMA 
> developers and am listed as an initial committer on our proposal.
> We've been trying to think up a more fun, non-acronym name 
> for UIMA that fits in better with the spirit of the ASF.  It 
> probably makes sense to do this now, rather than after 
> mailing lists, websites, source code repositories etc. have 
> been set up under the "uima" name.  I wanted to share some of 
> our thoughts with the community.  These ideas are listed 
> roughly in order of the amount of support they've gotten 
> among the current UIMA developers.
> 1) Apache Honu
> "Honu" is the Hawaiian name for the green sea turtle native 
> to the Hawaiian islands.  Here is a picture: 
> Possible catchphrases:  
>     "Robust yet agile." (Honu are agile swimmers.)
>     "Tired of wading in a sea of unstructured information?  
> Why not swim?"  (or "Drowning in a sea of unstructured 
> information? ...") I think we could make a good logo out of a 
> petroglyph-style Honu image like this one: 
>  (There are 
> many examples of this style of image so I'm sure we can come 
> up with something that's not copyrighted.)
> Other reasons the current UIMA community might like this:
>     HONU = Honu was Originally Named UIMA.  (I know, it's not 
> supposed to be an acronym.  We don't have to publicize this.  :)
> 2) Apache Maui
> "Maui" is an anagram of UIMA, and generates good visual 
> imagery.  I'm sure we could come up with a nice 
> tropical-themed logo.  However a possible negative for this 
> name is that it might be hard to get a high Google ranking.  
> (Note Honu are found on Maui, which is how we originally came 
> up with the "Honu" name.)
> 3) Apache Semanatee
> Semanatee = "Semantics" + "Manatee".  For a logo we could 
> have a cartoon manatee posed like Rodin's Thinker statue 
> (with the implication that the manatee was pondering the 
> meaning of something).  Since this is a made up word 
> achieving a high Google ranking should be easy.
> 4) Apache Dolphin
> A smart, agile, friendly animal.  Also can be found on Maui.
> 5) Apache Tepee
> "Home of the Unstructured Information"
> Other names that came up in brainstorming:
>     Pineapple, Coconut (again with the Maui theme)
>     Socrates, Aristotle (because they contemplate the meaning 
> of stuff, and UIMA is about determining meaning from information)
>     Sherlock, Poirot (because they uncover facts)
> Feel free to state a preference for one of these or suggest something 
> completely different.
> Thanks,
>   -Adam
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