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I was hoping someone would say that! Totally agree. I'm amazed that the
parts I know something about are as correct as they mostly are. I was
surprised to discover that the web isn't 100% kooks and whackos! ;). But I
still wouldn't use Whacky-Packia for anything I didn't know about and/or
could verify everything independently.

-- Tom Fine

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "David Lennick" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Tuesday, October 18, 2005 2:00 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] discographies


> Wikipedia has as much credibility as a ouija board..ANYONE can make
corrections.
> I never use that one.
>
> dl
>
> Steven Smolian wrote:
>
> > 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]>
> > To: <[log in to unmask]>
> > 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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