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12 Pictures Every Data Quality Pro Should be Able to Whiteboard


Millions of words have been written about the importance of Data Quality and Data Governance, when to do them, and how to do them. But some of our stakeholders still have trouble understanding their importance. They just can't seem to link data activities to the business processes they feed and the business goals they support. For these stakeholders, pictures may be better than words. In this webinar, we'll look at 12 easy-to-whiteboard pictures that every Data Quality professional should be able to draw.

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About the Author

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Gwen Thomas is a Data Governance pioneer. Founder of the vendor-neutral Data Governance Institute (DGI) and primary author of the DGI Data Governance Framework and guidance materials found at, she has influenced hundreds of programs around the globe. In 2013, Gwen joined the International Finance Corporation, part of the World Bank Group.

Gwen has personally helped many organizations build their Data Governance and Stewardship programs.  Before data got “hot”, she spent a dozen years working in the trenches and in management roles as a systems integration consultant and Knowledge Manager. Prior to that, she was a college teacher, a marketing professional, and a publisher of a literary magazine.

Gwen is a frequent presenter at industry events. has named her one of "17 Women in Technology You Should be Following on Twitter" (she's @gwenthomasdgi) and has included her in their Data Governance Gurus list.

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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 the International Association for Information & Data Quality (IAIDQ), 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.

She lives in Baltimore, Maryland USA with her husband and their four children. She is also a Girl Scout Leader.

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

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