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But discographies on-line can be corrected.  A Wikopedia type structure 
might work- corrections by peer review, signed, should be a good starting 
place.

Steve Smolian


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Michael Fitzgerald" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, October 17, 2005 9:31 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] discographies


> At 09:17 PM 10/17/2005, Steve Smolian wrote:
>>Which is a great reason for publishing them on line.
>
> But only if you've got access to the correct info!
>
> Leaving aside the plagiarism issues, copying a ton of stuff straight out 
> of a book is very ambitious and it takes time and effort. However - in the 
> end you only get what was already in the book (if you're careful enough 
> not to introduce copying errors). And if you start with decades-old books 
> (like jazzdisco.org has done), you aren't aware that Roland Kirk's Argo 
> record has actually been released on more than just the original Argo LP.
>
> Every discography I've done *improves* what is in the books, by including 
> quantitatively more data (timings, composers, release dates, studios, 
> track sequences, etc. etc.).
>
> And if you are going to do an electronic discography, a sophisticated 
> database is the way to go. I can immediately generate a song index, 
> personnel index, etc. Can't be done if you just keep typing text into a 
> word processor. The formatting may look the same, but the functionality is 
> quite different.
>
> Then there's the data exchange feature that allows information to be 
> transferred and for multiple users to collaborate on a single discography.
>
> Then there's the subject of authority control. The jazzdisco.org site 
> doesn't know that "Bill Green" and "William Green" are the same LA studio 
> guy. Or the even more important fact that "Jamil Nasser" and "George 
> Joyner" are the same bassist. They just copied what some book said, 
> without doing any research. Which is why I don't trust and can't recommend 
> them.
>
> Mike
>
>
> mike at JazzDiscography.com
> http://www.JazzDiscography.com
>
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