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COMMUNET  March 1997, Week 2

COMMUNET March 1997, Week 2

Subject:

Re: A Business Plan for Community Networking

From:

Philip Lauro <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Mon, 03 Mar 1997 12:37:00 -0500

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Hi Mr. Williams and All,

At 09:07 AM 3/3/97 CST, you wrote:
>Good Morning Fellow Communet-ers -
>        I would like to respond to the quote that "The only 
>difference between qualitative and quantitative information is 
>volume".    While this perspective has a certain face vailidity, i.e. 
>is true in many respects, it may be more useful to look at the 
>differences between the two....

Since it is possible to store links in a database format and modify the
contents of those links via ASP generation (and there are other ways of
course), no big surveys or user interviews are needed if the setup of the
network and the marketing is done correctly.

Also we can correlate hard data with soft data taking this approach.  The
trick is to create a data mining type of application which involves pattern
matching.

I really don't want to go into the technical details of this approach on
this list at this time.  Any private correspondence is welcome.  Having at
least a slight technical background on how networks and various information
gathering and storing procedures would help.

In reality the differences between qualitative and quatitative information
is a myth, even more so in an electronic age.  That's the point of my
quote.  The difference lies in the ability to create an efficient tracking
and storage system which is both a database and more.  Analysis of the
collected information involves cross correlation of the information at a
mathetmatical level and an ability to present changes in processes over a
defined time segment.

People in "real science" have been doing this for years.  Unfortunately,
until recently, you needed a supercomputer to actually get anywhere with it.

The major problems in the social services or community network area are 1)
lack of scientists: 2) lack of a stringent methodology (to include design
strategy); lack of unified efforts; 4) lack of advisors (decision makers)
with a firm grounding and understanding in the types of development needed.

Also, moneys for RD are in short supply.  The R&D money is tied up with the
"important people" who are still somewaht behind in both technologies and
knowledge of emerging technologies.  This is not a sin, however, mass media
induced hype about what various "applications" can do easily has created an
environment where every Tom, Dick and Harry decision maker thinks the
ability to create a functional netwrok (versus a bulletin board type deal)
is as easy as opening a shrink wrapped product.  This has lead to network
information system design being given much to low a priority.

Meanwhile the think tanks made up of concensus groups and focusing on all
the right words (collaboration, information sharing, coordinated
information exchange and admin, etc.)consist mostly of people who don't
really understand what those words imply with respect to electronic
information networks.  So they do a study, which when completed, still
leaves them in an obsolete position; i.e. 15 months ago my company made a
proposal, the potential client thought about it for over a year, accepted
the proposal, but eveything has changed (we upgrade during the development
process if needed), which ment we had to submit another proposal because of
the changes, which has been being researched for the last five months and
guess what!

Oh Well, that's life.

Phil  


  

The only difference between qualitative and quantitative information is volume.

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