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IDQ Webinars: with Gwen Thomas


A Data Strategist's Wish List for IQ Teams


Finally, most organizations are recognizing the value of their data. They're putting strategists in place to understand how best to use and manage data assets to be competitive, to be efficient, and to be compliant. Strategy work can be highly technical, but the real challenge is in making sense of how diverse teams need to work together to deliver desired results. 

It may be obvious to members of IQ teams, but non-technical decision-makers may not understand how "hot programs" such as Data Science, Big Data, and Smart Data are related to "workhorses" such as Data Quality, Architecture, Modeling, and Integration. Data Strategists have to make such relationships and interdependencies visible, so leaders can make informed decisions that impact Information Quality teams' funding, staffing and work programs. 

Learn 7 things that strategists wish IQ Team leaders and staff would do, and how filling this "Wish List" can benefit IQ Programs

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About the Author

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Gwen Thomas has served as Corporate Data Advocate for the International Finance Corporation (IFC, the private-sector arm of the World Bank Group) since 2013.

She has also influenced hundreds of data programs around the globe as Founder of the Data Governance Institute and primary author of its framework and guidance materials published at Her blog series, “Guidance by Gwen,” is a wealth of knowledge on data strategy, data governance, and realizing value from information assets. A frequent presenter at industry events. has named Gwen one of "17 Women in Technology You Should be Following on Twitter" (she's @gwenthomasdgi).

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About the Author

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Robin Rappaport is the Data Quality Team Leader responsible for delivery of the Data Quality Initiative for Research Databases at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Her work and that of her team contributed to the IRS being awarded a Computerworld Honor and a Government Computer News (GCN) Gala Award. She has over 25 years of experience as a Data Quality practitioner. Her undergraduate degree was in Economics with Computer Science. Her graduate work was in Operations Research with a concentration in Mathematical Modeling in Information Systems. She has worked in both private (6 years) and public sectors (since June 1990). Her positions include Computer Programmer, Systems Analyst, and Operations Research Analyst.

In addition to IQ International, the International Association for Information & Data Quality, she is a member of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS). She was Chairman, Individual Membership for the Washington, D.C. chapter from 1987- 1990. She was elected Secretary and served from 1990 - 1991.

Contact Robin by email at robin [dot] rappaport [AT] iaidq [dot] org

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About IDQ Webinars:

An IDQ Webinar is a moderated webinar open to all, designed to serve as discussion platform for the data and information quality community. The webinars are supported and organized by the International Association for Information and Data Quality. IAIDQ seeks to engage experts with experience and expertise in the field of data and information quality.

Please join us for this exciting 60 minute event free of charge, but seating is limited to first 200 respondents. Hence, hurry up and register today

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To enable better interaction of the audience with our Information Quality Expert, be sure to submit your questions in advance to our moderator:

  • Email to Robin [dot] Rappaport [AT] iaidq [dot] org