A recurrent theme in data quality is the idea of "dimensions," such as accuracy, consistency and timeliness. The fact that these dimensions actually exist is rarely, if ever, questioned. Indeed, the benefits of the dimensions are regularly discussed, and are commonly thought to include:

There may also be additional benefits. But do these “dimensions” actually exist as intelligible concepts? I believe a strong case can be made that we are not thinking as clearly as we can be in this area, and that there is room for improvement.

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