Putting the Emphasis on Quality — What do you think?

Sabine Brünger-Weilandt, FIZ Karlsruhe’s Managing Director and CEO, has issued a statement in advance of Online Information encouraging the information industry to address the topic of information quality in order to make the public more aware of the importance of high-quality, structured information services.

"In times when the internet suggests that any information can be made available by just a few mouse clicks, the quality of information and information skills should be discussed in public," her statement says.

Marydee Ojala will be interviewing Mrs. Brünger-Weilandt later this week.  Until then, let us know what you think, by using the comment feature here.

How does the increasing availability of research results on the open web create difficulties for the research-based enterprise? 

Are researchers missing things by not realizing the potential of structured information collections?  How might their level of awareness be improved? 

Dick Kaser

ITI, VP, Content

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2 Responses to “Putting the Emphasis on Quality — What do you think?”

  1. ~Kathy Dempsey December 2, 2008 at 8:37 pm #

    I was reading more of OCLC’s major report “Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources” over the weekend. (sad, life, I know!) Some of the fascinating results: 69% of the worldwide respondants feel that info from a search engine is as trustworthy as info from a library source.

    A related fact: 92% said they do NOT trust info more when they have to pay for it.

    Even tho many vendors put out quality info, that doesn’t do any good unless the end users (the info consumers, public or private) realize that this “official” data is more trustworthy than what they can find on the open web. I’d like to see more vendors get in on the act of promoting their databases’ worth to the general public. If they can’t convince people to use it, why should libraries continue to buy it?

    As editor of the Marketing Library Services newsletter, I think these data creators need to play a part in their own futures by helping to explain and promote the importance of quality information.

  2. Daragh O Brien, Director Publicity IAIDQ December 1, 2008 at 12:14 pm #

    Information Quality is indeed a significant issue. So much so that the IAIDQ (International Association for Information & Data Quality) was founded in 2004 to create a community of practitioners and researchers in the field to raise awareness of the issues of poor quality information and develop a profession of ‘information quality management).

    We collate a record of information quality issues that have hit the media over on http://www.iqtrainwrecks.com which might be of interest.

    Whether the information is in structured or unstructured forms, the creators of information should give consideration to their ‘customers’ (the information consumer) while, at the same time, the information consumer needs to adopt a stance of ‘caveat emptor’ in many cases.