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What's really needed is some copy-editing and expertise or just basic QC for
the CDDB and freedb databases. Almost any CD catalog/inventory program today
uses one or both and my experience is that just about every single entry
needs to be tweaked if one is to end up with consistent naming, dating and
also such things as basic spelling in song titles. I guess one shouldn't
complain about free and fixing one or two fields beats entering 20 fields
anyday, but some of the errors in these databases are pretty horrible. My
main pet peeve is inconsistent naming of artists album to album. How the
heck can you keep track of a large CD collection if, for instance, Count
Basie is listed under 20 different iterations (Count Basie, the Count Basie
Kansas City 5, Count Basie Big Band, etc). I'm now in the middle of feeding
my blues CD's into CATraxx and the problems seem omnipresent in that genre
too.

-- Tom Fine


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Dr. Cheryl Thurber" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Tuesday, October 18, 2005 1:20 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] discographies


> Cheryl Thurber: [log in to unmask] wrote
>
> I agree with the statement made by Steve about the
> importance of correcting information in an online
> database.
>
> I would also like the possibility of downloading it,
> or personalizing.  For example. I would really like a
> version of the (New) Country discography that I could
> use with my own collection to indicate what I have and
> in what condition, as well as to make corrections.
> (Could someone with connections suggest to the press
> that a disc would be very useful.)
>
> The Rust Entertainment discography is badly in need of
> corrections, aside from all the missing artists. I
> have the 2nd edition, but I know that was not widely
> available. My copy of the first edition has tons of
> corrections written in. (They also aren't all included
> in the 2nd edition.) I also use the first edition as a
> check list to indicate what I have. The missing
> information for that discography is who did the other
> side since many of the
> entertainment/personality/comedy/novelty records had 2
> different artists.
>
> As long as we are talking about improvements we may as
> well think big to design something with the features
> we might want to use, including of course titles, and
> I would add key words, or topical.
>
> In addition to signing corrections, we might also want
> to indicate if the person making the corrections
> actually has the record and can verify the
> information.
>
> --- Steven Smolian <[log in to unmask]> 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
>
>
> Dr. Cheryl Thurber email: [log in to unmask]
>
>
> 410-747-5557