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IAIDQ El Festival del IDQ Bloggers: March Edition

El Festi… What?

iaidq blog carnival 2010Each month the International Association for Information and Data Quality, or IAIDQ, asks it’s community of data quality experts to submit blog posts for the El Festival del IDQ Bloggers.  A different blogger volunteers to host the posts on their blog along with writing a brief summary of the submissions.  I am proud to once again host this event for the month of March.  Without further ado, I’d like to introduce this month’s bloggers and their submissions.

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March Submissions

Agapo Data!

Jim Harris, Blogger-in-Chief of Obsessive-Compulsive Data Quality, submits an interesting piece this month entitled Maybe you’re just not that into your data?.  In this piece Jim uses a clever musical parody to remind us that “data needs love too” and that data quality project are not a  one-time project but rather need to be thought of as a “sustained program”.  Enjoy the entire blog post here.

Jim is an independent consultant, speaker, writer and blogger with over 15 years of professional services and application development experience in data quality (DQ), data integration, data warehousing (DW), business intelligence (BI), customer data integration (CDI), and master data management (MDM).  He is a member of the International Association for Information and Data Quality (IAIDQ) and the Iowa Chapter of Data Management Association International (DAMA).  Learn more about Jim here.

Philia Data!

Daragh O Brien submits a telling parable, from IQTrainwrecks, of the potential costs and embarrassment that can arise if critical master data is not managed correctly and if sanity checks are not built into processes. UK local authorities have been taking themselves to court and pursuing costs against themselves for failure to pay parking fines.  Read the whole story here.

A busy man, Daragh is the driving force behind DoBlog.  Launched in 2006, the DoBlog is the personal blog of Daragh O Brien, former IAIDQ publicity director and information quality consultant based in Ireland.  In addition Daragh is also founder of Castlebridge Associates which is a specialist Information Quality, Data Protection and Data Governance consulting practice based in Ireland. The Castlebridge Mission is to help organisations manage their information assets as well as they manage their people assets.

IQ Trainwrecks was established in 2006 by the IAIDQ, is a community reference site capturing case studies and examples of the impacts of poor quality information and data in the wild.

Data Mythos!

In this submission Henrik Liliendahl Sørensen explores the mythology behind why it seems most view data quality projects as a technology issue rather than a business one.  Regarding one of the more commented-on blog posts in recent memory, Henrik laments that “the best moments in blogging is having a lot of sensible comments”.  See what all the buzz was about here.

Another busy man, Henrik is a data quality and master data management professional also responsible for creating data architecture solutions.  He currently is the Practice Manager for Omikron Data Quality.  Learn more about Henrik here.

Referential Treatment

Steve Sarsfield submits a post this month regarding the value of external data in the success of a data quality initiative.  From availability to Geocoding and U.S. Census data, Steve explores the exciting applications for external reference data in the validation and standardization of data.  Get the details straight from Steve here.

In addition to being the driving force behind the Data Governance and Data Quality Insider, Steve is also a data quality evangelist and author of the book the Data Governance Imperative.  When he is not busy writing Steve works on product marketing at Talend where he focuses on product strategy and press/analysts relations.

Integrity of Enterprise Data

Ken O’Connor explores one the more socially engineered pitfalls of data quality in his blog post where he recalls recent conversations with clients and assertions from Craigslist founder Craig Newmark. Find this and related blog posts here.

When Ken is not sharing his data management experiences in his blog Ken O’ Connor Data Consultant, he is an independent IT Consultant specializing in Data: Data Migration, Data Population, Data Governance, Data Quality, Data Profiling, Master Data Management, Business Intelligence.  Ken is the founder of Professional IT Personnel Ltd.  Check out more about Ken here.

In Closing …

I’ve hosted the Festival del IDQ Bloggers once before and it is always an exciting opportunity to network with other data quality experts, read some great blog posts and exercise my skills in the writing forum.  I encourage anyone thinking about hosting to do so.  It’s easy, fun and doesn’t take a great deal of time to complete.  For more information on how you can host the Festival contact IAIDQ’s Director of Publicity, Heather Richards, here.


My most valuable data quality tool is my data quality network!


It is clear to me from the statistics on the number of unique visitors that there are a lot of you who find the details of matching as interesting as I do.  For those of you waiting patiently for my next matching algorithm post fear not, I’ve not abandoned the series.  I’ve been delayed by other assignments and some interesting new projects.  I apologize for the delay to those of you who are eager to read more about the matching algorithms available in Informatica’s Data Quality Workbench.  I hate to disappoint you and promise to pick the series back up shortly. 

In the meantime, I thought I’d write-up a quick post about one of my most valuable data quality tools; my data quality network!

The Light Bulb Moment!

The idea for this post occurred to me this week during the Informatica Analyst Conference.  I wasn’t there but I was able, with the help of several attendees, to keep up-to-date on what was going on in the room through their Twitter updates, or tweets.  This type of information exchange, in my opinion, is what the internet is all about! 

There must have been half-dozen tweets that sparked my interest and I intend on pursuing these in the coming months.  In the spirit of the exchange, I’ll pass what I learn on to those of you who follow my blog and Twitter account.

Among the tools I use to build my data quality network are Twitter, LinkedIn, The International Association for Information and Data Quality and the blogs of those I follow on Twitter and LinkedIn.  I hope this “directory” of resources is useful to you in your pursuit of data quality knowledge. 

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Twitter Resources

I’m starting with Twitter because it is my favorite resource for new information.  In a way, it serves as a directory of fresh content.  Typically Twitter users, or Tweeters, include a little summary of their content so you can make a quick decision on whether you want to investigate the material further.  In this way, Twitter is an efficient use of time.  An inherent feature of Twitter is that tweeters “push” content to you.  This is particularly useful in the discovery of new information and learning.  It does help to follow those “in-the-know”.  For instance, I had no idea there was an Informatica Analyst Conference yesterday until I read some tweets from @bitterer, @NeilRaden, @merv, @rbkarel  and @jilldyche.  Between them, I was so up-to-date I almost went to the next room expecting to see chocolate cake and wine during intermission!

It was this event that inspired me to share with you some of the interesting people that I follow on Twitter that have expanded my knowledge of data quality, master data management, identity resolution, data matching and information technology consulting over the past year. 

I follow over 150 Tweeters so it was not practical to get them all included this first go around.  I’ll continue to update this list and send out notice via Twitter when I do.

LinkedIn Resources

Another one of my data quality resources is LinkedIn.  I use LinkedIn groups to join discussions on data quality topics and exchange ideas with other data professionals.  LinkedIn is a little different from Twitter in that you go out and find content rather than it being streamed to you.  However, you can set up your group membership to email you of updates to discussions you’ve participated in making it somewhat proactive.

Here is a quick list of some of the data quality groups I belong to that have proven to be quite useful in the past year:

I belong to fifty LinkedIn groups, so these five are by no means a comprehensive list.  I wanted to start with those that are geared specifically toward data quality. 

Professional Association

I received great advice many years ago from a senior member of a consulting firm where I worked.  To paraphrase it went something like this, “If you want to learn more about your chosen profession, join an association in your area of desired expertise.”  I don’t know that I have ever received better advice?  Joining an association in your chosen area of study is a great idea for professionals and students alike.  It leads you down paths to which you may have never otherwise been exposed. 

In keeping with that advice, I highly recommend that those of you interested in the data quality become a member of The International Association for Information and Data Quality, or IAIDQ.  At IAIDQ’s website you will find great information on events in the industry, as well as services and products regarding various aspects of information quality.  Some of the foremost experts in the information quality industry contribute content to IAIDQ’s website.

Trunk of the Tree

This post by no means contains every element of my learning network, but it is certainly the core.  It is my intention to better organize this content and give it a permanent place as a stand-alone page on my blog. 

My sincere apologies to those valuable resources that I may have inadvertently omitted.  In time, I hope to post a link in this directory to all who’ve helped me on my learning journey.

I hope this post helped someone find a new resource, convinced someone else to start building their network or maybe even helped others realize that while software tools are useful, it is the spirit of collaboration that is most valuable!

August Edition of IAIDQ Festival del IDQ Bloggers

This year the IAIDQ, an international not-for-profit dedicated to developing the profession of Information Quality Management, is 5 years old and is having a series of rolling celebrations, the Blog Carnival “Festival del IDQ Bloggers” being one of the strands of those celebrations. 

I am glad to be hosting the Festival del IDQ Bloggers this month!  I’ve tried to capture the core of each message, but each of these is worth a deeper look.  Don’t forget to follow the submission links and get all the details!

This month’s first submission comes to use from Daragh O Brien.  Daragh poses an interesting question when he asks, Is information quality management a recession proof profession?

One clear take away from this post is that those who express the value proposition of an information quality initiative are more likely to be regarded as valuable and necessary.  In that way those who participate in these initiatives can be thought of a recession proof.

About Daragh: Obsessive blogger, information quality consultant and Director of IAIDQ with over 12 years experience at the sharp end of Information Quality. Taoiseach (CEO) of Castlebridge Associates, a specialist Information Quality consulting business based in Ireland.

Continuing on a theme our second post comes to us from Dylan Jones and shows us How To Deliver A Compelling Data Quality Business Case.

 Dylan recommends several excellent ways to build and deliver the value proposition such as:

  • use time/date stamps to show information quality as a long term problem and not a short lived glitch
  • use cause and affect analysis to link data quality issues with business process gaps
  • review the annual report to gain insight into corporate strategies that can benefit from information quality services
  • don’t use PowerPoint
  • keep it simple to get the point across

About Dylan: Dylan is the founder and editor of the Data Quality Pro which is dedicated to “helping data quality professionals take their career or business to the next level.”

Switching gears a little, Jim Harris reminds us to keep our theories in check until after we’ve taken the time to really listen to what’s being said  in his post Hailing Frequencies Open

In this post Jim points out the difference between waiting to talk and what is called empathetic listening where we are actually listening with the intent to really try to understand the other person’s frame of reference. 

About Jim:  Jim Harris is an independent consultant, speaker, writer and blogger with over 15 years of professional services and application development experience in data quality.  Obsessive-Compulsive Data Quality is an independent blog offering a vendor-neutral perspective on data quality.

While we are on the topic of communication Steve Sarsfield recommends some data governance dialog for CEO’s in his post, 9 Questions CEOs Should Ask About Data Governance.

 In this post Steve points out that the executive team is responsible to lower risk and gain control through their influence on data governance.  The following are a few of the question Steve suggestions:

  1. Do we have a data management strategy?
  2. Are we in compliance with all laws regarding our governance of data?
  3. Do you have the access to data you need?

About Steve: Steve Sarsfield is a data quality evangelist and author of the book the Data Governance Imperative

Finally in Sweden meets United States a post from Henrik Liliendahl Sørensen on data matching and how character sets, address formats and naming conventions are just a few of the complexities when the data originates in a different language.  Maybe, as he suggests, centralized reference data is a step in the right direction to solving some of these issues?

About Henrik: Henrik is a Data Quality and Master Data Management professional also doing Data Architecture.  You can check out what is on his mind at Liliendahl on Data Quality.

I hope you enjoyed this month’s edition of the blog carnival!  I want to thank all those who’ve submitted postings and encourage those who have not done so yet to participate in this opportunity.