Download: Whitepaper by Anne Marie Smith of DAMA International on data management and ethics

In Data & Analytics, Technology by Vaughn Highfield

Download Dr. Anne Marie Smith’s whitepaper here to learn more about data integrity and enforcement opportunities. EthicsGraphicAnne Marie Smith, Ph.D. serves on the Board of Directors of DAMA International as the Ethical Practices and Governance Advisor. DAMA (the Data Management Association) is a not-for-profit, vendor-independent, global association of technical and business professionals dedicated to advancing the concepts and practices of information resource management (IRM) and data resource management (DRM). Anne Marie is an Information Management professional and consultant with broad experience across industries. She has exceptional, demonstrated skills in enterprise information/data management strategy and implementation, business requirements gathering and analysis, data governance and stewardship program development and implementation, data architecture, data and process modeling, meta data management, data quality management, master data management, data warehouse planning and design.

Dr. Smith will be speaking at this year's Big Data World Canada conference on the role of ethics in enterprise data management on Tuesday, March 5th at 2:45 PM. Her presentation will provide categories and example scenarios where data professionals have an ethical responsibility to influence the proper use of data, and will offer some suggestions for instituting an ethical approach to data management and usage for organizations, by data stewards and officers of data governance initiatives.

We are excited to share Anne Marie's recent article titled "A New View of Data Management and Ethics," where she details the responsibilities that come with the enforcement of data integrity within organizations. Dr. Smith believes "all those who are part of the data management professions have the responsibility for the proper use and welfare of the assets that represent the people, places and things that are of value to the organization." The enforcement of data integrity should not be delegated to a reactive task, where data management professionals to store the "right" data values. Rather, Anne Marie argues, we must present data actively without bias. She notes commonly accepted data management mantras from Cornell University's Information Use in the 21st Century and the IAIDQ Code of Conduct for data quality professionals among other research to support her position. Some other key points include:

  • Data quality professionals can serve as the vanguard of a new approach to data integrity through their oversight of the data rules, values and access to the date in their areas of responsibility.
  • The "Codes of Conduct" cited demonstrate how the performance of any action can influence all other actions and can affect the course of one's general behavior.
  • The impartial presentation of the facts, with the opportunity for the final user to draw fact-based conclusions could become an objective of data warehousing and other decision support or big data systems' performance measurements.
  • Adopting a new definition of "data integrity" could lead to expanding an awareness of the need for active data management within organizations, especially from data quality professionals.

If you are interested in learning more about the ethics behind data management in an increasingly information robust world, you should

download the whitepaper here!

Don't forget to register for Big Data World Canada to hear Anne Marie and other information management professionals speak about best practices, their personal experiences and the future of Big Data.