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Relationship Advice for Data Quality


In his recent Information Management column, Malcolm Chisholm wrote that data quality is not fitness for use as it is most commonly defined, stating he thinks “a strong case can be made that the definition is indeed inappropriate and should be replaced with a better one.”

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Comments (4)
Why do we need a definition for data quality? Consider this thought from Sir Karl R. Popper from Martin J. Eppler:

"I do not say that definitions may not have a role to play in connection with certain problems, but I do say it is for most problems quite irrelevant whether a term can be defined (or not). All that is necessary is that we make ourselves understood."

While data may seem readily definable, I increasingly concur with Robert Pirsig that quality is not. He believes: "everyone knows what it is but no one can define it."

Posted by Peter P | Wednesday, August 22 2012 at 11:29AM ET
In all my many long years in IT (evienced by the receding hair line and the greying of what is left) I have been passionate and still am passionate about the data AND its meaning.

How about using the terms "syntactic DQ" for what is now commonly referred as DQ (with emphasis on "fitness for use") and "semantic DQ" (for when the data has precise meaning/semantics)?

Surely, when the data has high "semantic DQ", use by the Interpretants wont be wrong.

- Madani B (Sydney)

Posted by Madani B | Wednesday, August 22 2012 at 11:17PM ET
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