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Date: Thu 27 Apr 2017
Time: 9am-10am US PDT
12n-1pm US EDT
5pm-6pm UK/Ireland
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Using Data Advocates to Prevent Unfit-for-Use Information


Organizations often thrive (or don’t) based on how fit-for-use their information is. Does it support strategy? Can it be used for competitive analysis and decision-making?  Does it enable efficiencies while also meeting compliance and auditing needs?

Too often, the answer is "no." Well-intentioned teams have rendered data fit for some uses, and unfit for others. At key points in projects, they made small-but-significant choices which had serious, long-lasting impacts.

But it doesn't have to be that way. An emerging trend is the appointment of qualified Data Advocates, who drop into projects at just the right moments, when win-win choices are essential. With a light touch, they bring insight into the needs of easy-to-overlook stakeholders, as well as impacts of certain data-related choices. Their low-cost, high-impact contributions enable core teams to focus on core stakeholders, while avoiding unintended gaps in capabilities and controls.

In this session, attendees will learn

  • When to utilize Data Advocates, and what they should bring to the table
  • A painless way to transform existing staff into Qualified Data Advocates
  • The benefits to Data Science, Marketing, Privacy, Compliance, Governance, Auditing, and Information Quality.


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 IQ International Webinars:

An IQ International 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 IQ International -- the International Association for Information and Data Quality. IQ International seeks to engage experts with experience and expertise in the field of data and information quality.

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