Thursday, April 30, 2009

Use Case: Aggravation

Working on a project today, I came across the type of headache that I want the Data Commons to solve.
  • Two different ways of writing the company name
  • Two different ways of writing the same address, and a third address of unknown reliability
  • A misspelling of the town name
  • The perennial East Coast problem of having to tell Excel that zip codes starting in "zero" need to be treated as text
  • No entries in the third column, "Title" -- and the probability that any listed titles could already be out of date
  • The sense of futility that fixing these problems once will not mean they are fixed forever

It's comforting, in a way, to know that at least I need the Data Commons to exist to make my life easier.

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