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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.


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