Information technology provides the means for capturing, storing, processing and retrieving data in information systems. Advances in information technology have continually challenged information systems to explore new ways in which the data captured can be used. The move from improving efficiency of data capture and data storage led to process improvements, improving the effectiveness of […]
Data About Not Shopping
Retailers have information systems in place to capture and analyse data about our shopping purchases, however, Ken Davies (2015) reporting from the Omnichannel Summit, announced that “80% of shoppers leave a bricks and mortar retail outlet without buying anything”. Retailers therefore need information systems to capture data about the times when we go into a […]
Dangers of Incomplete Data
It is easy to make comparisons between sets of quantitative data but it is important to be aware of the dangers of incomplete data. There is a risk of mistaking data for information.
Location Data is Not Location Information
Where are you? Do you know where you are? Are you sure? Location is a common parameter used in the provision of context-based services. Information technology can be used to capture data about locational parameters but quality information about location can still be difficult to find. Location data is not location information.
Managing Information About Carrier Bags
From the 20th October 2014 organizations in Scotland are required to charge customers a minimum of five pence for single-use carrier bags. Organizations are also required to manage information about carrier bags.
Registering at the Information Commissioner’s Office
The Information Commissioner’s Office (http://ico.org.uk/) maintains the register in the UK of organizations who process personal data, in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. As Black Country Gifts (www. blackcountrygifts.co.uk) collects personal data in order to process transactions, it has registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office.
Mike Phillips describes Brand C as the next generation of charity shops in the UK. The vision is to replicate the business model of TK Maxx. TK Maxx stores offer up to 50,000 items including clothing, toys, and household products from a wide range of suppliers.
Loom Bands Demonstrate Data Management Principles
Homes around the world have been invaded by coloured loom bands; small coloured rubber bands that can with patience, be intertwined to create a range of jewellery and accessories. As floors become littered with these bands, how can loom bands demonstrate data management principles?
Personal Data Protection Act
On 2 July 2014 the Personal Data Protection Act came into effect in Singapore. What impact will this have on organizations?
“We Know the Data are Wrong…”: Accepting Poor Data Quality
At a recent meeting, a committee was presented with some data. It took only a cursory glance for all members to recognize that the data were wrong and for these views to be vocally expressed. The Chair calmly said,