2018 – the year of the plastic whale

As the year winds down I thought it would be interesting to have a look at the data around one of the stand-out events of this year. A dead whale that washed ashore in eastern Indonesia was found to have over 1000 pieces of plastic in its stomach – and drew global attention to the…

Four steps to transforming data

Another brief post this week on an area that we do not focus on very often: data transformation. Data transformation is a relatively mundane yet fundamental data management capability – particularly when dealing with similar data from multiple sources. Three simple examples: System A represents Male and Female and 0 and 1, while System B…

What is reasonable when it comes to PoPIA?

Another post following #ITWebGDPR2018 earlier this month. In his talk on the cost and compliance obligations of the GDPR, governance specialist Peter Hill made the point that risk, as it is referred to in the regulation, refers to risk from the perspective of the data subject. In other words, companies implementing GDPR, and PoPIA, must…