The 6 dimensions of big data quality

Historically, data quality has been measured in terms of dimensions including: Accuracy – the degree to which data reflects the real world Completeness – data that is adequately populated Timeliness – That data is available when expected and needed Consistency – that data across all systems reflects the same reality Conformity – that data has…

The importance of ethics

This weekend’s scandal involving the Australian cricket team and their attempt to cheat against South Africa has made world news. Even CNN had a ticker running in the subject and Americans don’t even watch cricket. For those that haven’t been paying any attention to the news – on Saturday, as the third Test match in…

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Beware the Ides of Match

If you have heard of the Ides of March, you know you’re supposed to beware them. Why? In ancient Rome, the Ides of March were equivalent to our March 15th. In William Shakespeare’s play, Julius Caesar, a soothsayer warns Caesar to “Beware the Ides of March”, the day on which he would be assassinated by…

Data governance the foundation of MDM

In a recent post on the Predictive Analytics Trends blog, Stephen J Smith wrote about how Master Data Management is broken   Some key points: Master data management is not a technology problem. “In master data management, fundamentally, your data problems are not technology problems. They are not even MDM problems. Your data problems aren’t…

Does DAMA need a revamp?

Last week, DAMA Johannesburg’s chapter meeting discussed the “Current State of DAMA” In particular, the meeting focussed on proposed changes to DAMA-I, and the questions that have been asked by some members on social media. Let me start by saying that sitting on the board of a volunteer,non-profit organisation can be a thankless task, and…