You are invited to join one of the most exciting opportunities in the development of information quality (IQ) as a professional discipline. After a year of administrative and foundational work, the International Association for Information and Data Quality (IAIDQ) has begun to formulate a variety of important work teams to develop key resources for members.

Principles of Information Quality Work Team

One work team will develop a core product on the "principles of information quality management." First and foremost, the priority is documenting and/or developing a concrete body of knowledge around a core set of IQ principles. One advantage IQ practitioners have is that the principles and techniques of information quality have already been proven in sound quality management systems.

Learning From Quality Management Systems

The team will study the works of various quality thought leaders. Such quality systems include, but are not limited to:

  • W. Edwards Deming: System of Profound Knowledge and 14 Points of Quality
  • Joseph Juran: Trilogy of Quality Planning, Control and Improvement
  • Armand Feigenbaum: Total Quality Control
  • Masaaki Imai: Kaizen
  • Genichi Taguchi: Robust Quality Engineering
  • Philip Crosby: Quality is Free
  • ISO 9000-2000
  • The Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award Criteria for Business Performance Excellence
  • Six Sigma

These systems are founded on principles of quality management that work effectively. The outcome of this work will become the basis for identifying the counterpart principles and methods for IQ.
Expert members of the association gathered together to start the research process to determine these important core principles. The "quality principles" work team will be researching the various proven quality methodologies as the model. According to Lisa Flint, co-chair of this work team, "It is the IAIDQ's vision that this core set of principles will be the guidelines to lead organizations in the future as they address the challenges of nonquality information."

2006 looks like a promising year for information quality, and the IAIDQ will be on the leading edge to provide the best guidance and support possible for sound data and IQ practices.

What Next?

After the definition of the fundamental principles common to the proven quality management systems, we will translate that to what it means for IQ management. This will become the basis for developing the information quality body of knowledge or for critical evaluation and documentation of the existing IQ body of knowledge.

These principles will drive the enhancement of existing IQ methods and the development of new methods that will drive the "second quality economic revolution."

If you are interested in joining this quality principles work team, please contact either Lisa Flint at (919) 531-9283 or, or Larry English at (615) 837-1211 or

You must be a member of IAIDQ to participate on this work team. For information and application, visit Join by December 31, 2005, and you become a charter member, as long as you remain an active member of the IAIDQ.

About the IAIDQ

The IAIDQ, chartered in January 2004, is the premier professional organization for data and IQ management professionals. The IAIDQ offers information and data quality practitioners resources for solving the perplexing problems of poor quality information in their organizations.

For more on how to improve your IQ functions, join the IAIDQ (visit 

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