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Obsessive-Compulsive Data Quality

Obsessive-Compulsive Data Quality (OCDQ) is an independent blog offering a vendor-neutral perspective on data quality and its related disciplines. I am often asked about the name of my blog. Many of my colleagues over the years would often describe me by saying “Jim is so obsessive-compulsive about data quality, but in a good way.” Therefore, when evaluating the short list of what to name my blog, it was not surprising to anyone that OCDQ Blog was what I chose.
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Is DG a D-O-G?

Data governance is data’s best friend. Data governance will help you take good care of your data, which in turn will take good care of your business. Basically, the success of your organization comes down to a very simple question — Are you a DG person?

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Finding Data Quality

An hommage to one of my all-time favorite Walt Disney Pictures — Finding Nemo — and also to the critically important role into which data quality is cast within all of your enterprise information initiatives, including business intelligence, master data management, and data governance. I hope you always remember: “Data are friends, not food.” — http://www.ocdqblog.com/home/finding-data-quality.html

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The Idea of Order in Data

This is an excerpt from "The Idea of Order at Key West", one of my favorite Wallace Stevens poems, which provides an example of how our re-imagining of reality shapes the world around us, and allows us to discover order and meaning amongst the chaos: http://www.ocdqblog.com/home/the-idea-of-order-in-data.html

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Data Governance Star Wars

Data governance success requires effectively balancing bureaucracy and business agility: http://www.ocdqblog.com/home/data-governance-star-wars.html

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Big Data is Just Another Brick in the Wall

Big data does not obviate the need for data management best practices — even though it does occasionally require adapting those best practices as well as adopting new practices.

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The Data Outhouse

We need to start thinking outside the data warehouse: http://www.ocdqblog.com/home/the-data-outhouse.html

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Demystifying Social Media

Social media is often over-identified with the technology that enables it, when, in fact, we have always been social, and we have always used media, because social media is about humans communicating in the same ways they have always communicated, by sharing images, memories, stories, words, and more often nowadays, by sharing photographs, videos, and messages via social media services such as Pinterest, Vimeo, and Twitter. To learn more, watch this video: http://vimeo.com/47107998

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Retroactive Data Quality

Imagine if you could somehow travel back in time and prevent specific business-impacting occurrences of poor data quality from happening. You could reactively wait and see if something bad happens, and if it does, then you could travel back in time and proactively prevent just that particular bad thing from happening to your data quality. This approach is known as Retroactive Data Quality — It’s been implemented at least three times: http://www.ocdqblog.com/home/retroactive-data-quality.html

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The Two U’s and the Three C’s

Effective blog posts provide Useful and Unique content that is Clear, Concise, and Consumable: http://www.ocdqblog.com/home/the-two-us-and-the-three-cs.html

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Are you turning Ugly Data into Cute Information?

Like truth, beauty, and singing ability, data quality is in the eyes of the beholder, or since data quality is most commonly defined as fitness for the purpose of use, we could say that data quality is in the eyes of the user. But how do users know if data is truly fit for their purpose, or if they are simply being presented with information that is aesthetically pleasing for their purpose? — http://www.ocdqblog.com/home/are-you-turning-ugly-data-into-cute-information.html

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