Traditional models for data aggregation
For most of the last thirty years, sharing information has meant standardization on tabular structures for large-scale information, and file formats for smaller-scale sharing.
Putting content into a single storehouse with a single coherent structure has made life easier for systems administrators and others charged with keeping organizational information.
Where centralization wasn't possible - thanks to transmission costs, development issues, or even security - redundancy has been a common strategy. This may involve duplication and maintenance of duplicates, it may involve simple caching, or it may mean paper printouts stored in file folders.
When information needed to be shared between systems, text-based solutions (think delimited files) or eventually HTML-based solutions provided a basic level of interoperability but not much functionality.
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