Data Governance, Data Quality and ISO 8000


Want to know more about data governance? There is an institute for that with a jolly useful framework that is free.

Want to know more about data quality? ISO is in the process of releasing a standard (8000) for data quality that is anything but free. The good news is both of them complement each other rather well.

The latest part of ISO 8000 is part 2 that defines the terms of a data quality vocabulary.  In the spirit of ISO 8000 I should be precise about my terms and explain it isn’t quite a standard yet, but a technical specification, potentially one step away from being a standard.

According to ISO 8000, data quality is the degree to which data meets user requirements.   ISO 8000 contains specifications for the declaration of the conformance to stated data requirements. This allows a user to request data that meets its requirements and to determine if received data meets its requirements.

ISO 8000 expands on meeting requirements so:

  • Requirements for achieving data quality
  • Requirements for the representation of data requirements, measurement methods, and inspection results for the purposes of data quality
  • Frameworks for measuring and improving data quality

Data Governance is the mechanism that drives compliance to those requirements and also fits nicely with the data governance institutes (DGI) data quality governance aims of:

“The Data Governance Institute recommends (and routinely implements) formal, documented, repeatable procedures for:.. Defining Data… Specifying Data Quality Requirements.. Building Governance Into Technology.”

ISO standards are the mother-of-all-cross-sells because they tend to refer to one another, which is excellent from a normalized information standpoint but it decidedly lightens one’s wallet. ISO 8000 refers to ISO 22745-30, CHF 44, ISO 22745-35, CHF 38 and 22745-40 CHF 38. $124 for those three.

“Building Governance Into Technology” is particularly aligned with the ISO 8000 goal of making data dictionaries portable along a supply chain, hence including ISO 22745 a standard for open technical dictionaries into ISO 8000.

Whereas everyone could benefit from reviewing their data governance program against the Data Governance Institute’s framework to see how they compare, ISO 8000 is not for the faint of heart. But if you have to coordinate a supply chain with thousands of parts involving hundreds of suppliers ISO 8000 may be worth your while.

Peter Darragh

Peter Darragh

Vice President of Delivery at Mariner
In his business development capacity Peter helps executives evaluate the impact digital investments can have on their business models and operations. In his delivery role, he manages the teams that apply their data integration, analytics, process automation and machine learning expertise to make our customers digital masters.

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