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computer users have always benefited from open standards. The IBM PC standard caused the
rise of a huge industry for the creation of productivity-enhancing tools. The Ethernet
standard led the way to networked, interoperating computers and client-server computing on
a large scale. Most recently, Internet standards for mail, file transfer, and document
display have caused the greatest explosion in computer interoperability the world has ever
All of these were based on definitions of structures that work for the greatest benefit with
the least differences between Manufacturers and Publishers.
The database world suffers greatly from having no structure definitions such as the OpenDWG
standard for CAD drawings so that different application software can deal with the same
data. Divisions of Platforms and dozens of different Database publishers farther splinter
it with different methodologies for handling data.
"PublicPIM" database structure is
a common database structure definition for accessing of database data that many
disparate database Manufacturers and Publishers could use.
The OpenDB "PublicPIM" common
database structure ontology will allow for a better understanding of
Many to Many relationships and the power it allows applications.
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