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The Data Quality is Falling!


The sky is falling!” exclaimed Chicken Little after an acorn fell on his head, causing him to undertake a journey to tell the King that the world is coming to an end. So says the folk tale that became an allegory for people accused of being unreasonably afraid, or people trying to incite an unreasonable fear in those around them, sometimes referred to as Chicken Little Syndrome.

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Comments (3)
Interestingly the anecdotal evidence that people quote to raise the fear factor are examples of bad data! Few people validate or verify these statements but use them with wild abandon. Data misuse is one of the primary causes of bad data and misinformation.

Unlike a product, data has no intrinsic quality metrics. Data quality cannot be measured using physical measurements such as weight, size and volume. Most data quality problems can be traced back to three primary causes: people, policies and processes.

When a data error occurs, the sky has already fallen. Data quality is nothing more than the result of flawed or purposeful policies, processes (also algorithms - Just ask Jamie Dimon) and people. Improve the three P's and you will improve the data quality.

Posted by Richard O | Thursday, June 14 2012 at 1:49PM ET
Thanks for your comment, Richard.

Excellent point about fear mongering poor data quality estimates being themselves examples of poor data quality.

And I agree with you about improving data quality by improving The Three P's (People, Policies, Processes).

Best Regards,


Posted by Jim H | Friday, June 15 2012 at 10:14AM ET
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