RE: Queries on Single Sourcing

Subject: RE: Queries on Single Sourcing
From: Mailing List <mlist -at- ca -dot- rainbow -dot- com>
To: 'Mark Baker' <listsub -at- analecta -dot- com>, TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2004 15:54:26 -0500

Mark Baker [mailto:listsub -at- analecta -dot- com] expounded most sagely:

> Systems like the one you describe are the result of a failure
> to understand
> the difference between a jigsaw puzzle and a lego set.
> A jigsaw puzzle takes a picture and cuts it up into little
> pieces. However,
> the only picture you can make is the original one, and it
> takes a lot of
> work to put it back together again. You can't reliably use
> the pieces to
> create another picture.

> Metadata is useful for organizing your well designed
> information components,
> but no amount of metadata will turn a document fragment into
> a reusable
> information component. With a small collection of information
> components you
> can manage with little or no metadata. With a larger
> collection, metadata
> becomes more important to help locate the components you
> need. On the other
> hand, you can assemble a repository of document fragments and
> no matter how
> much metadata you attach to those fragments, you still won't
> get any reuse
> out of the system.

I believe I shall bronze your post and frame it... and give
copies to certain of my bosses who have grandiose dreams
of repositories and re-use and all that.

Excellent point, well illustrated.


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