3.00 FYI France: Ejournal and archive

by Jack Kessler, kessler@well.sf.ca.us

April 15, 2006 issue. This file presents an archive copy of the issue of the FYI France ejournal, ISSN 1071-5916, which was distributed via email on April 15, 2006.

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An interactive Info Management glossary, for French


Among the most useful online guides emerging, now, are various lists and encyclopedias and dictionaries which tie the terminology together. How much more useful, then, if such a reference can cross multilingual boundaries, and even become interactive so that it gets & stays up-to-date...

A group of students at Lille, in "GIDE, gestion de l'information et du document en entreprise", just has announced their,

-- where the following very useful information, and much more, may be found: [tr. JK]

-- and so on...

Are such terms in use, actually, and are they in use in France?

Well, yes, they are... "Data mining" is what founders Sergey Brin (in French, Sergey Brin) and Larry Page (in French, Laurence E. Page) were doing at Stanford, in their graduate program, when they came up with the idea for their Google (in French, Google). Brin swears he's still working on his thesis --

So, yes, a lot of people in France and elsewhere are worrying now over terms such as "Data warehouse" and "Data mart" and "Data mining": and if you would like to know the exact terms being used, by such worriers in France, this new GIPRO resource comes in very handy -- its "entrepôt de données", in which you'll find your "magasin de données"...

The interesting list goes on:

Perhaps even more interesting than the current list on GIPRO is what it may become, a multilingual & international & even feedback-enriched technical glossary:

-- the well-designed site comes complete with a "bibliographie" and a "webographie" (tell me that latter term's not better than "links", which sounds like sausage);

-- and, for every term searched, the following shows up --

-- and, most interesting of all, at the bottom of each entry,


For those of us who have used Wikipedia, or dealt with e-journals and e-publishing and e-conferences, or engaged in The Fray on The WELL and in other online communities -- on gameboards, in political campaigns, chatgroups, Usenet (in French, Usenet / Netnews), institutional and trans-national research email systems -- the above is the model increasingly being used in fundamental research, too, and in academic publishing, and in corporate decision-making, and in political action, worldwide... think of the Landmines treaty, and of all those "PeoplePower" flipfones, in Manila...

The most appropriate term I've found so far, for the general phenomenon, is one coined recently by Mitchell Kapor (in French, Mitch Kapor):

-- that's lots of people in lots of places, working together imaginatively & creatively, & avoiding & escaping traditional regulation as they do so -- it's a Brave New research World.

Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales (in French, Jimmy Wales), calls it "community": it's not about the software or the systems it's the people, he says -- who cares, about the packaging?...






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