Yesterday Daragh O Brien posted an Open Letter to my Information Quality Peers. The essence is that Daragh isn’t completely satisfied with how things are in The International Association for Information and Data Quality (IAIDQ).
That reminds me of that I was a charter member of IAIDQ.
But now checking I probably haven’t renewed the membership. This is not deliberate. It just may have slipped. Maybe, as being one of Daragh’s critique points, because broadcasting from IAIDQ has decreased the last years.
> Correction: Double checking I am actually still a member. I renewed for 2 years last time (usually I’m not that careless with money). I just lost my Charter Mbr designation in the process.
Another critique point raised by Daragh is the failed mission to make the organization truly international, as the organization have had difficulties maintaining chapters around the world.
Forming and maintaining regional chapters is about getting and upholding a critical mass of active members. An example of that this is possible is the German Information Quality Society – Deutsche Gesellschaft für Informations- und Datenqualität e. V. However, this organization doesn’t seem to be a IAIDQ chapter, but being another church obeying the same god.
The current unrest in IAIDQ is not the first of its kind. I remember that some years ago one of the founding members, Larry English, sent a strange email to members telling that he quitted the organization not being satisfied with something.
It is ironic that information quality practitioners are preaching communication and collaboration, but we don’t seem to get it when it comes to organizing our own little world.