Managing Uncertainty: The Road Towards Better Data Interoperability

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Keulen van, Maurice (2012) Managing Uncertainty: The Road Towards Better Data Interoperability. it - Information Technology, 54 (3). pp. 138-146. ISSN 1611-2776

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Abstract:Data interoperability encompasses the many data management activities needed for effective information management in anyone´s or any organization´s everyday work such as data cleaning, coupling, fusion, mapping, and information extraction. It is our conviction that a significant amount of money and time in IT that is devoted to these activities, is about dealing with one problem: “semantic uncertainty”. Sometimes data is subjective, incomplete, not current, or incorrect, sometimes it can be interpreted in different ways, etc. In our opinion, clean correct data is only a special case, hence data management technology should treat data quality problems as a fact of life, not as something to be repaired afterwards. Recent approaches treat uncertainty as an additional source of information which should be preserved to reduce its impact. We believe that the road towards better data interoperability, is to be found in teaching our data processing tools and systems about all forms of doubt and how to live with them. In this paper, we show for several data interoperability use cases (deduplication, data coupling/fusion, and information extraction) how to formally model the associated data quality problems as semantic uncertainty. Furthermore, we provide an argument why our approach leads to better data interoperability in terms of natural problem exposure and risk assessment, more robustness and automation, reduced development costs, and potential for natural and effective feedback loops leveraging human attention.
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Copyright:© 2012 Oldenbourg Wissenschaftsverlag
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Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS)
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Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/publications/80560
Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1524/itit.2012.0674
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