As information management and data quality roles and responsibilities become more mainstream in large organizations there has been a call to agree upon standard categories of data quality. Malcolm Chisholm’s recent Information Management article suggests that there is no consensus regarding the dimensions of data quality. This complaint is not new. Yair Wand and Richard Y. Wang further argue that the expected value of dimensions of quality hasn’t been seen and even create a distraction.

Whether you call these categories “dimensions” [of data quality] or something else is a discussion for another time. I think Malcolm Chisholm’s proposal to call these “properties” makes a lot of sense, and I appreciate his ability to cut to the chase.

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