The Snow Queen

During the existence of this blog I have come to use two tags several times, namely the fairy tale author Hans Christian Andersen as an inspiration for data quality related subjects and the tag happy databases as a counterweight against that we may talk too much about all the bad data quality around.

In embracing these two tags the fairy tale The Snow Queen also starts in the very bad end.

An evil troll makes a magic mirror that has the power to distort the appearance of things reflected in it. It fails to reflect all the good and beautiful aspects of people and things while it magnifies all the bad and ugly aspects so that they look even worse than they really are; for example makes the loveliest landscapes look like “boiled spinach.” I think every child understands that metaphor.

We tend to do the same in the data quality realm. In order to make a case for data and information quality improvement we like to tell about trainwrecks like on the site edited by IAIDQ. And for the record, I am guilty as everyone else in reading, laughing and contributing to the mobbing when everyone else makes a mistake within data management.

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