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The Challenges of Messy Data

By Cory Lampert on June 5, 2014 10:16 AM | Permalink

One of the interesting thing that we have found during the first phase of our project is that the workflow in digital collections is going to need to evolve to accommodate the needs of linked data.  While many tasks are very similar to managing traditional metadata records, the consequences of data quality are much more severe.  In the past, if we did not do quality control on one of our collections, there were no indicators of how this was impacting users.  The systems still (for the most part) would intake messy or inaccurate data, metadata fields were not regulated strictly, and data quality was something we talked about and contemplated, but were not forced to act upon.