When working with data quality issues some of the big questions are: How bad is it? Is it getting worse? Can we do something about it? Who should do something about it?
These questions are basically the same as those around the changing climate on this planet including rising sea levels.
This morning I read an article on BBC news telling that several scientific teams have joined forces in an attempt to quantify exactly how it is with rising sea levels. The short answer is that the sea level now is 11.1 millimeters (7⁄16 of an inch) higher than in 1992.
The sea is rising because of melting ice primary on Antarctica and Greenland as seen below:
So I think it’s high time to ask the people of Antarctica and not at least the people of Greenland to do something serious about that their ice is melting and flooding innocent people in the rest of the world.
This would make a very apt analogy regarding responsibility for data quality.
As with ‘global warming’ and melting ice, it is always some one else’s fault; it’s never our fault!
The fact is, whether we like it or not, that we are all in some way and some extent responsible for the melting ice and for the rising sea levels and, until we change our practices and habits, the ice will continue to melt in the sea levels continue to rise.
The same is true for data quality. We are all in some way and to some extent responsible for the data quality in our enterprises. Likewise, until we change our practice and habits, the quality of the data in our enterprises will continue to fall below what it needs to be.
So, in answer to your question, ‘Who is responsible?’ The answer is that we are all responsible, whether that is for melting ice or for data quality in enterprises.
Thanks for commenting John. Exactly my thoughts behind the post.