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February 2013 Blog Posts (4)

Data Lineage and Horse Meat - A Cautionary Tale (Musings of a Data Geek)

Recently, laboratories in Ireland discovered that some of their processed beef contained horse meat. The public were outraged, and the Food Standards Agency insisted that all retail sold processed beef in the UK was DNA tested for horse meat. Some high profile branded processed beef products have been found to contain 100% horse meat. 
Now the general public are very concerned that they have been eating food that could…

Added by Richard on February 13, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments

The Hawthorne Effect, Helter Skelter, and Data Governance by Jim Harris

In his book The Half-life of Facts: Why Everything We Know Has an Expiration Date, Samuel Arbesman introduced me to the Hawthorne Effect, which is “when subjects behave differently if they know they are being studied. The effect was named after what happened in a factory called Hawthorne Works outside Chicago…


Added by GovernYourData on February 12, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments

Programmer Bob by Julie Lockner

Verizon recently blogged about one of its clients who caught an employee outsourcing his software development day job to China. While sitting at his computer working a normal day, he paid someone else to log into his computer using his physical RSA token which he FeExed to the contractor in Shenyang. He would spend the day surfing the internet while…


Added by GovernYourData on February 8, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

BI Centralisation - The Governance Challenges by Richard Northwood - Musings of a Data Geek

Many organisations are looking to build Business Intelligence competency centres, by pooling resources, systems and processes into one area. This has many advantages. But you may encounter some fierce opposition to your plans. Here are the top reasons why people will oppose your plans:


Added by Richard on February 3, 2013 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

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