Eight Recommendations for International Data Quality

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Friday, August 1, 2008
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When your data spans the globe, be it names, addresses, places, money, dates, product names and descriptions, or whatever, you have to build in data quality checks at the source.  I like his statement, "Data quality is enough of a challenge in an idealized mono-cultural environment, but it is inflamed to epic proportions in a flat world."

First time I encountered street addresses for Ikea, I knew what he meant.  Take this address as an example: "8-7-1, Minatojima, Nakamachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe City, Kobe City."  It's in Japan, but that's about all I could guess out at first glance.