Friday, January 20, 2006

New push for data quality

The Data Quality Campaign, a collection of 10 education organizations and funded by the Gates Foundation specifically identifies the ability to connect PK-12 system graduates with higher education students to tie performance in higher education to schools and districts.

This drive for quality has been consistent concern in the data warehouse and decision support press. DM Review is a great source for accessible writing on business intelligence and data management. They have publish a number of pieces on data quality. Of particular interest to us as we develop longitudinal systems for tracking student and teacher information are the implementation metrics of data quality and how to improve quality were it matters most. The author, Jane Griffin, suggests that one focus on "pain points" in data quality and determine why the most painful problems exist.


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