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David Loshin

Welcome to my BeyeNETWORK Blog. This is going to be the place for us to exchange thoughts, ideas and opinions on all aspects of the information quality and data integration world. I intend this to be a forum for discussing changes in the industry, as well as how external forces influence the way we treat our information asset. The value of the blog will be greatly enhanced by your participation! I intend to introduce controversial topics here, and I fully expect that reader input will "spice it up." Here we will share ideas, vendor and client updates, problems, questions and, most importantly, your reactions. So keep coming back each week to see what is new on our Blog!

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David is the President of Knowledge Integrity, Inc., a consulting and development company focusing on customized information management solutions including information quality solutions consulting, information quality training and business rules solutions. Loshin is the author of The Practitioner's Guide to Data Quality Improvement, Master Data Management, Enterprise Knowledge Management: The Data Quality Approachand Business Intelligence: The Savvy Manager's Guide. He is a frequent speaker on maximizing the value of information. David can be reached at loshin@knowledge-integrity.com or at (301) 754-6350.

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June 2007 Archives

Thinking the other day about telephone terms still in use that are essentially out of date or no longer mean what was originally intended. For some reason, there seem to be a recognizable set associated with the telecommunications world:

1) Dial (n) - the round thing with holes in it that used to spin around when you stuck your finger in it and moved it around its center point. Today, some novelty phones have simlated dials with touch-tone buttons where the holes should be. ("There is no 'x' on the dial")

2) Dial (v) - the action of coding a sequence of numbers by sticking your finger in a dial (n) and spinning it around. ("I am going to dial the telephone number you gave me.")

3) Area code (n) - A three-digit number indicating the geographic origination point of a telephone network connection. ("212 is the area code for New York City").

4) Ring (v) - the sounding of a bell triggered by an electronic pulse coming through the wires indicating that a connection is being attempted.

With new IP voice services that use your computer's microphone and head set interfaces, the concept of a connection address being called a "telephone number" is even suspect.

This makes me wonder a little more: I use these terms because that was what I learned when I first used these machines, but as the technology changes, does the lingo remain the same because of ubiquity, or will it eventually die out after a few generations when someone realizes those terms are meaningless within the technical context?

Posted June 7, 2007 6:52 PM
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Last week I saw this news item about Google's providing search capability for US patents. Just another example where enterprise search can expose greater value of archived information when it is presented in an easy to use manner.

By the way, as of today, the name "loshin" appears in 97 hits on the patent database. Many are for an apparently unrelated person involved in transformation and display of digital information, a few refer to my non-cousin Optics expert David S. Loshin, some have references to some of my books, but most refer to my brother's books and articles on TCP/IP.

Quick comment: patents are not limited to purely new ideas, but are largely improvements on ideas that someone else has already patented. So does exposing the information in patents enable greater innovation because it is easier to find patented things to improve, or does it stifle it because the availabilit of extensive information on what has already been done discourages new ways of thinking?

Posted June 3, 2007 10:33 PM
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