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Globally Harmonized Communication System is the first universal on-line system for classification and labeling of collectible items.
Globally Harmonized Communication System is the first universal on-line system for classification and labeling of collectible items.
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What is the GHCS?
The GHCS is an acronym for the Globally Harmonized Communication System of on-Line Classification and Labeling of Collectible Items. The GHCS is a system for standardizing and harmonizing the classification approach. It is a logical and comprehensive approach to:
• Describing collectible items with unified rules;
• Creating classification processes for on-line cataloging, as well as labels.
• Communicating information within community.
• Presenting information in a manner that the intended audience can easily understand
The GHCS consists of two major parts: Esperanto System and Brotherhood of Collectors.
The Esperanto-System© (ES), in this context, is a unique copyrighted cataloging system for use in various applications.
The Brotherhood of Collectors© (BC), is the social network for collectors.
The ES, in turn, consists of two parts: ICONS (Individual Collectible items Organizer & Numbering System) and KAMERTON (Universal application to govern on-line catalog).
The non-profit corporation IS-ES, Inc., was created to coordinate and manage all parts of GHCS.
Do you get frustrated with bulky, low quality black and white printing, hard copies of catalogs? Do you want to use the ultra-light weight device with such of on-line catalog application which allows users to enjoy information in full color, high definition, with friendly, intuit interface?
Yeah, I do too!
Do you get frustrated with outdated, always prejudiced, and far behind market demands hard copies of catalogs?
Do you want to be updated practically immediately, as per market demands?
Yeah, I do too!
Do you get frustrated with hard copies of catalogs which sometimes encounter with vague meanings and multi languages problem?
Do you want to use the universal language for collectors, which on intuit level can solve all these problems?
Yeah, I do too!
I’m a collector for more than 30 years. I’m a Board Member of the IBNS, and BANKNOTER. Also, I’m an author of two books, more than two dozen publications in numismatic field and coauthor of paper money issues catalog. I’m an independent author and researcher.
This presentation has not been sponsored, endorsed or approved by any enterprises in kind, technology manufacturers, or software developers. I have no vested interest in any individual or entity with them.
My motto is: I don’t take sides, I take notes.
For many years the article Advice to numismatic authors by Scott Semans (Scott Semans World Coins, 2004) encourages me. It was, and still is, a strong motivation for me. These are some quotes from it:
A numbering system is a necessity, yet too many authors do it badly. Ideally a catalog number should be compact, easy to remember, present types and divisions, allow logical interpolation of later discoveries, and sort properly by computer. Yet no such ideal system exists; all are compromises… A second consideration in a numbering system is hierarchical ordering of Type, subtype, variety...
If you use many abbreviations or specialized jargon such that a novice user would have difficulty with the catalog, consider boosting visibility of this section through placement or graphics, or repeat it before each division of the catalog...
An online catalog's advantages include low cost and ease of update
Catalogs are the most important tools to collectors. By using them, collectors can identify and value the subject of their hobby. By using them, as a common reference tool, their communication becomes easier and more precise. However, the use of hard copies of printed catalogs becomes dubious. In the vast majority of cases, these hard copies are massive and obsolete, without having managed to be born. In other words – they become obsolete virtually upon printing. They are not reflecting a real picture, both in pricing, and statistics, straggled from vague meanings, sometimes encounter multi languages problem, but always prejudiced, i.e. reflecting partisan opinion of their authors, unchanging from the time of writing, i.e. long before they were sent to print. Well, we can't blame those authors for presenting their product in such incomprehensible look. They follow the philosophy of designing catalogs created more than half century ago. As per publishers of those catalogs: most of them using their own numbering systems, which are matchless, but all of them struggled from the printing process which is time consuming and expensive. As a result, it is difficult to produce new updates in a timely, cost effective manner. As per users of those catalogs: all of them are struggling, because they are not receiving technologically advance and unbiased information in a timely manner, and as a result, holding them as hostages of 20th century.
Why did I choose e-catalogs vs. hard copies?
It is generally known that as soon as a catalog is printed in hard copy it becomes obsolete:
1) All informational content is unreliably slow. The printing process takes 6 months or more. (In today’s day and age, it is important to refresh information more often;
2) Suggested market values are always a subjective opinion of the analysts and catalogers, and are very tough to keep it updated;
3) Similarly to all published materials (books, magazines, catalogs) – number of readers of hard copies are drastically going down.
None of these disadvantages are present in the ES:
1) Users will receive electronic format document (in several groupings) on a CD or downloading, which will be followed by constant updates by subscription, as soon as new information is received, or they can use the website directly. All new information and findings can be easily implicated in to the system by users, and the new cataloging number will be assigned automatically.
2) There is no pricing information will be dictated. Users have complete freedom to assess values, with the help of Price Adviser - the constantly-updated database with transaction records from auctions and other sales venues, with an indication of seller, date, and grade.
3) Electronic publishing continues to capture more and more readers from its hard-copy competitors.
There are few more problems occurred with hard copies:
1) Multi languages:
Naturally, in China nobody even thinking about to print the catalog The Paper Money of China (in 15 volumes!) in Russian. Well, what you can expect do from Russian speaking collector whose collecting interest is China… to have a pleasure of looking on beautiful pictures, without understanding of any data printed in Chinese? :)
2) Vague meanings:
Let’s look into Mozambique issues in SCWPM. In a case with 10 Centavos the cancelled banknote has the b index, and literally, in the next line, in the definition of 50 Centavos, under the same index b - the different type of the signature (printing/handwriting) was designated. Such kind of discrepancies can be founded everywhere, not only between different catalogs, but though the divisions in any particular catalog.
3) Multi languages and Vague meanings:
Who can tell from a glance look what a difference between these designations is?
0; O; NEUF; АНЦ (Пресс); KFR; FdS; and (1)DW.
Sorry. Absolutely nothing! All these designations mean the same: the “uncirculated” grade of banknote, but printed in different languages. In case with the Latin alphabet it is a small possibility to figure out it. So, what to do, if you have in hand Chinese or Korean catalog, with text writing by hieroglyphs? Full obscurity and hopelessness. :)
What's so special about the Esperanto-System?
I took the name from Esperanto, the universal language, to express the idea of combining only the best from different systems (languages). In Russian Federation and most post-Soviet Republics alone,there are seven major systems currently being used. All authors practically disregard the value and knowledge from the previously issued catalogs and try to create something new, based on their opinions which are mostly subjective. I believe the situation is the same in most countries. Therefore, I offer to all collectors this universal cataloging system which will combine only the best from existing systems (such as John Law; Albert Pick, Nikolai Kardakov, Joe Boling, Friedberg’s, Owen Linzmayer, Dmitry Zagorenko, Scott Semans, Michael Mitchiner, Higgins & Gage, etc.).
The Esperanto-System (ES)is free of the clear majority of problems encountered with other systems. Practically all cataloging systems share a single common disadvantage. Each of them is built to accommodate one (or a group of) countries. If, for instance, we examine Friedberg’s system (In my opinion – the best of all existing systems today), we will see that it successfully applies in USA, but not a single other country can adapt this system, because in each of these countries there is another Friedberg who has locally developed the best system for their country. From a professionalism standpoint, these systems are surpassing the SCWPM, but still they have some disadvantages.
The ES is based only on one rule: Be explicit!
This means, that collectors’ issues origin is not dictated by political boundaries of Sections [in lieu of term country] or by geographical location, but ONLY by the name of the Issuing Authority [Maker] written on it.
For instance: Shown above two banknotes $1 1862 are belong to two different Sections: USA [on a left] and CSA [on a right], depending on what is printed on it (whose government issued it). In all modern catalogs the CSA is a section of the USA division. From a catalog standpoint, these are two different Sections.
TYPE-VariationFor the first time, the concept of the so-called ‘2-levels’ numbering system is utilized.
The dominant category is TYPE.
The word TYPE is chosen only for classification purposes. There are no hidden meanings. In this category in a bundle collected everything that describes the external component of objects, i.e. belongs to their fabrication/manufacturing/creation/design.
The paired category is Variation.
In this category in a bundle collected everything that describes the internal component of objects, i.e. specifically belongs to it.
To date there is not a single uniform set of rules for determining TYPE and Variation. Each Systems has (or doesn’t) their own rules. Some conventions in one catalog may have entirely different meaning in another one.
To avoid this confusion and to standardize the procedure an entirely different approach is taken:
For both categories (TYPE/Variation) there are established set of universal indexes. Each of them with unique values belonged to the object.
These two parameters: TYPE/Variation allows users to immediately determine any existing, rediscovered, or new issue.
To date, there exists a single monopolist that dictates its rules [in numismatic field] - that’s Krause Publishing House. Over the past 45-50 years of printing (of the hard copy edition) of this catalog, the publisher managed to ensure that the vast majority of the collectors follow the principles of its construction. At the same time, the catalog (along with others, built on the principles adopted in the late 1950s) is very good information source, not only for novice collectors but also for many experienced ones. The ES is not meant to oppose or antagonize SCWPM [Standard Catalog of World Paper Money], and any others existing today. It is intended to be the beginning of a unifying system. With its help, it will be possible to unify in a single informational level all existing systems and catalogs built on these systems. (Due to the limit of allowed symbols – the detailed explanation is present at: www.ghcs.me/kickstarter)
The revolutionary idea of the (3-D) concept is to use, as a main line (coordinate), the calendar Year, instead of Number and divisions TYPE(A-Z) and Variation(a-z), as other coordinates .
By tying these three indexes to an item we can receive the unique combination belonged to the particular item. Such a system allows to definitely classifying any existing issues, all new subsequent and newly discovered issues.
In the mid-70s, when Krause Publishing House first printed their catalog, till the present time, the dominant format for the catalogs is hard copy. Also, it is important to state that the existing on-line cataloging systems all built on the 1-D concept of cataloging, or built on the concept of a single country catalog, like a Friedberg for USA. And, with only two exceptions: Banknote Book by Owen Linzmayer, and BANKNOTER by Dmitry Zagorenko, which are a 2-D system.
The 3-D system, at hand, was developed primarily for use in electronic format, so, it’s perfectly suitable for on-line consumption.
While many printed catalogs exist, there is no one real on-line still. Located at various websites on-line catalogs are pseudo on-line catalogs, because they are literally transferred data from their identical twin - printed hard copy, to the e-environment, and as a result, inherit the same mistakes and disadvantages.
Nobody [anymore] is willing to struggle from browsing these tedious websites. Thus, I created the universal template KAMERTON (K) to employ principles of the universal numbering system ICONS (both are parts of ES) to the e-environment.
Literally, from Russian, it means the tuning fork. The main function of K is to govern all components of the whole e-environmental to work in unison.
Here is what the fellow collectors said about ES.
I love this system! We plan to implement it to our auction website.
Corne Akkerman. Collect Web
Very impressive program. We hope to convert the 13K+ banknotes displayed at Numismondo to the Esperanto-System numbering system.
Garry Saint, Esquire. Founder Numismondo
Your project of creating a universal on-line catalog for banknotes is admirable…
Peter Symes, IBNS President.
The great approach to the long overdue numbering system for collectors. It will be a pleasure to have it at Banknoter.
Dmitry Zagorenko, Founder Banknoter
2005. - The first initial concept was made. It was the table with names of the countries anticipated to use.
2006-2007. I started with complying symbols applied to each countries with ISO3, and also matching them with abbreviations accepted on leading web sites in kind.
2007-2008. Launching the Esperanto project, and development of model of classification 1D-2D-3D.
2009. The first account of TYPE and Variations
2010. - The Price Adviser concept was developed.
- Changing the concept of TYPE. The whole English alphabet (26 letters) was utilized.
- The fundamentally new service for collectors E-List concept was developed.
2011. Formation of 2-steps system. The first step, is called the ICONS (Individual Collectible item Organizer and Numbering System), the second received the name KAMERTON. Literally, from Russian it means the tuning fork. My first design of K. was... less than impressive. Sometimes it functioned as it was supposed to and, at other times, it lost some of its magic smoke:
The first scheme from 2007…
2012. The correction of the cyclic mistake impelling the correct work of K. While addressing a simple problem I have created a complicated solution. At that point I threw out the design and started again with a blank canvas. I began again with a simpler, yet more elegant design.
- The final version of TYPE.
- Into description of cataloging number was added the new gradation - Rarity
2013. Changing of the general philosophy of construction ES under the slogan: The Future - Begins Today.
- The final version of Variations table;
- Development of the technical scheme for programmers was finished;
2014. Development of the last stage of “engineering support” of this part of the project. Creation of deciphered for transferring information from the main table to the e-environmental. This, very laborious work, can take up to 3-5 years...
See below the designer’s print-screen:
- Creation of comparable with ISO3 universal 3-letters codes ES3 It consists of universal codes for SECTIONS and CURRENCIES combined in one place (ABC type, on the top), and 4-letters codes ES4 for MAKERs (ABCD type, on the bottom)
- After practically of 10 years of a hard work the FINAL version of the MAIN TABLE. It consists of 350 Sections with full breakdown. (September 2014). See below the partial printout:
As I mentioned above, all variations pertained to the MAKER are precisely detailed and made another uniform table. See below:
All above-mentioned tables make the uniform module called Universal Indexes (UIN), thus every entity can be easily searched. You are always two-three clicks away from retrieving this information.
2015. I coming up with the idea to build the social network for collectors – Brotherhood of Collectors (BC). There is an open source application which can be tailored for it by web designer. Also, by combining all benefits of ES and BC in one environmental field – I’m giving to you GHCS - Globally Harmonized Communication System of on-line Classification and Labeling of Collectible Items.
2016. By applying the UIN to the labeling of an object, I created the Universal 3-D Barcode;
- Expanding the ES for the whole process of numbering/labeling of objects;
- Based on visual presentation of UIN the idea of the face recognition of issues, for the future mobile application, was created.
- Filed application to the USPTO for the Utility Patent (March 2016).
My Intellectual Property
1. Provisional Patent: E-Cataloging System for Collectors, USPTO #US61/814,595 dated 04/22/2013.
2. Filed application for the Utility Patent GHCS.
3. Trademark: International Society Esperanto-System. USPTO #85855546
4. The nonprofit organization International Society Esperanto-System, Inc., which operate under provisions of section 501c(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code.
5. The GHCS web site: www.GHCS.me
Where I’m at?
I already have a provisional patent, and applied for the utility patent. I’m close to mass production. The scheme that you been seen on a picture above is a CD prototype which should be optimized for mass production, by programmer. In my 18th rehearsal of ES I achieved flawless searching results. I have created a scheme that provides more intuitive and more forceful browsing. But, I’m not stopping here. I already have a list of changes to make to further improve the ES. I’m coming up with FINAL version of the ES by rearranging all Sections names by alphabet, fixing a couple of bugs and adding the new features. As you read this I’m working on preparing, i.e. fill in with data, the UIN for some of Sections. I need your help to get this off the ground! I have been hard at working on design of the CD prototype scheme and web applications - KAMERTON. From an engineering standpoint, the risk is low. The key to making the ES convertible to the e-environment to let the many embrace the pretty of ES, is the web programming, which is the major obstacle (for me). My goal is to make all prospective users be joyful by browsing the e-application. By doing this concealed engineering I’m trying to create a friendly, intuitive environment for them. Thus, I’m looking for a professional programmer who can realize the full potential of the Esperanto-System and incorporate it into the working web application. I have a solid software development plan and I’m confident that with web designer we will deliver a top-quality application. I will work closely with him to meet these stringent goals.
My Vision (the future of ES, as part of GHCS)
With the experience, I have gathered, I’m now able to introduce the ES-GHCS at a much friendlier price. Furthermore: the core elements will be practically for free. (Is it $14.99 - 19.99/year a real money? TBD)
Price is what you pay.
Value is what you get.
I hope that GHCS will be the gateway for many collectors whom previously have not been try online catalogs. I hope that by introducing ES-GHCS, everyone gets to experience at least a glimpse of the fun by using it. I really want collectors to experience what I have created for the world.
The funding that I’m asking for is to produce the ES in e-application enhancement, which is a first part of GHCS project.
The second part will consist of creation on the Social Network for Collectors. Within the social network, I’ll provide, but are not limited, unique services, such as: Price Adviser and Deal Adviser which were created to help fellow collectors to gain most accurate, and unbiased information regarding pricing and Service Providers, in prospective deals with them; E-ID (Instant collectible item identification); E-Scan (The universal 3-D barcode for collectible items, to computerize a process of buying-selling), and E-Commons (Prospective joint project with Wikimedia Commons).
With the funding, I, will be investing more into e-development and data-in teams.
Where you come in
I have brought the GHCS to Kickstarter, because I need your support to fund the e-development of the KAMERTON. This is a first and most laborious step for the web designer.
I have put a lot of investment into the research, design and promotion, as well as for creation of web site (www.GHCS.me) and now I really need your help to make KAMERTON a marketable product.
Like the Microsoft Windows products, the single application KAMERTON - one size fits all. Currently I’m only able to develop a business model. I believe that once I get our funding the process of delivery of web design will be a breeze. I have a scheme plan in place and in contact with various programmers who are ready to proceed. The only missing piece is your pledge. Your pledge will provide the capital necessary to place an order for it. I hope that with the money we raise, I will be able to continue development and allow collectors society enjoys with GHCS.
Spread The Good Word!
Thanks for checking us out! We'd love it if you can spread the word about ES/GHCS so a friend, family or fellow collector can start making the awesome things they've always wanted to!
Due to the limit of symbols I placed Q&A section under the following link: www.ghcs.me/KICKSTARTER/Q&A
THANK YOU VERY MUCH!
Creator “Esperanto-System” President ISES, Inc. Founder “GHCS” and “Brotherhood of Collectors” New York, 2015
Risks and challenges
This is a complex software project with unforeseen development challenges inevitably to take place. The biggest risk with a project like this is delivering it on time. To address this challenge, I’m setting monthly milestones and make sure that my team hit them. The programming is not all that challenging, this level of development is simply beyond my current skill set. I am an individual, not a corporate entity with a staff of industry experts at my disposal. One must know what one is capable of and what one is not capable of. With some amount of funding, and some amount of time, I am capable of advancing this project to initial testing. From that point, I must establish relationships with associates more skilled than myself.
First off, keeping in mind technicalities do exist from time to time, problems do happen. My biggest hurdle is to reach a wide audience, and competing with existing systems.
Secondly, I’ll not release a product that doesn't meet the highest standards, so I'll run durability tests on every single aspect of it until its ready. This too, takes time.
Finally, I want you to know this: what I value the most is relationship with you, my supporters. As a result, you have my word that I will remain completely transparent and keep you in the loop every step of the way. I won’t leave you hanging. I want to you be included in the process at every turn, as I continue to develop and deliver the ES/SHCS to you.
If something doesn’t properly, it has to be analyzed, fixed, improved, succeeded, and moves forward.
"It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat" -
That was Theodore Roosevelt speaking at the Sorbonne in 1910 and I run this quote because, well, it's awesome and it's fierce.
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