Abstractions help us get a handle on new information. A Table of Contents is an abstraction of the information contained in a book. Executive Summaries are abstractions of information contained in a report. The Presidential Daily Briefing is supposed to be an abstraction of the status quo of the status quo of knowledge of the intelligence community. 

For swords we have Traditions, Roads and Schools.

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A good collection tells a story

This is the other part in collection planning, the first being the previous post about how to allocate funds. This advice as well applies to all levels, from someone spending hundreds to someone spending hundreds of thousands of dollars.

A good collection can be more than the sum of its parts, because the parts can act like pages in a book, telling a story. 

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