The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has developed thousands of standards over the years. The ISO 9000 standard for Quality Management has been one of the most widely adopted, but only recently has ISO turned its attention to standards that specifically address data and information quality. In 2009, ISO published the 8000 Part 110 (8000-110) standard titled “Master data: Exchange of characteristic data: Syntax, semantic encoding, and conformance to data specifications.” ISO 8000-110 is narrowly defined and only provides a standard for the transmission of master data between systems.
However, the scope of ISO data quality standards is broadening as more parts directly related data quality are added to the 8000 standard. The development of the 8000 standard is under the aegis of Working Group 13 (WG13) of Sub-Committee 4 (SC4) of ISO Technical Committee 184 (TC184) on Automation Systems and Integration. Much of the current focus of WG 13 is on the 60 Series of standards including Part 60, Data Quality Management Overview; Part 61, Data Quality Management: Process Reference Model; Part 62, Data Quality Management: Organizational Maturity Assessment Model; and Part 63, Data Quality Management: Measurement Framework.
The Information Quality Graduate Program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) was well represented at the 72nd plenary meeting of SC 184 held in Seattle, Washington, October 3-7, 2016. Dr. Salomon De Jager (left in photo below), from South Africa, is an Affiliate Faculty Member of the UALR IQ program. Dr. Timothy King (third from left in photo below), from the United Kingdom, is the convener of WG13 and also a UALR IQ Affiliate Faculty Member. Dr. John R. Talburt, the UALR IQ program coordinator and Information Science Professor also attended as a member of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to ISO. Also in attendance was Danette McGilvray, a noted data quality author, consultant, and frequent guest speaker at UALR. Other members of WG13 include representatives from China, Korea, France, Spain, and Germany.
Established in 2006 by the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology (EIT) in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Chief Data Officer and Information Quality Program, the UALR Information Quality Graduate Program is dedicated to developing and delivering state of the art curriculum in information quality education, contributing new ideas to the body of information quality knowledge, and establishing information quality partnerships with the community, government, and industry. The UALR Master of Science in Information Quality Degree has recently been ranked by College Choice as one of 50 Best Online Master’s Degrees in Information Technology Programs.