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Another way to look at this is to ask if Wikipedia,
a wiki ontology, or any editable source results in
what is sometimes known as "the single version of the
truth". Don't get too hung up on the philosophy of
that, because it simply means, single source of information.
While open source systems that provide spreadsheets
may lessen costs, they share the same problem that
ALL spreadsheet systems have: death by a thousand
spreadsheets. Each one is a custom collection of data,
individually tweaked, and as a result, one goes into
a business meeting with the same problem musicians
have without digital tuners: who is on pitch today?
Some consultants now advise organizations to do away
with spreadsheets or at least forbid them in meetings.
It is an 'island of automation' and 'information' that
by it's spiffyness has a patina of authority and
accuracy as useful as Darth Vader's helmet for those
How do wiki systems score performance of individual
contributors and the wiki itself? I anticipate a
reply based on reputation systems and PageRanking
of the Wiki. On the other hand, what I am looking
for is reliable audit trail, referential integrity
and data integrity. What is in the chasm?
Digital tuners don't completely solve the problem
because of the data sensor, eg, open mic or clip
to the neck or plug into the jack, of these, the
third works best but requires a power source and
is inline or replaces the signal to the amp, so not
well loved for live performance. Live, we accept
the convenience of the clip on, don't use the open
mic systems anymore (too much noise in the room
to be reliable), and use plug systems in the studio
where often, everyone is required to use the same tuner.