P&S Monthly March 28, 2006
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Data Quality Discussion from March 28, 2006
Create a common set of data quality metrics across all Federation data products. Data providers can provide measures for their own products. 3rd parties can provide their own ratings. Quality can refer to accuracy, completeness, and consistency. It is not clear how to measure consistency. It is desirable to provide quality assurance.
We would like to create a 1-10 Data quality scale, where:
1 = no accuracy claimed 10 = fully reliable data that has withstood the test of time
This measure can be applied to any of the quality dimensions:
- Sensor/Instrument (well calibrated, stable, checked across instruments, V/V)
- Spacecraft (locational and communication accuracy)
- Environment Issues (contamination from clouds, rainfall, ground, sea, dirt, etc.)
- Data Processing (accuracy of interpolation, algorithms, ancillary source data)
Create a 1-10 scale for each dimension. We will work with Federation members to associate a quality description with each value.
- Quality assurance (someone tags it as valid)
- Useful metadata provided?
- Instrument Verification and Validation
- Data processing
- Re-processing tag and notification
- input errors and forcings
- missing data
- Usage issues
- High enough resolution?
- Valid inference about what is measured
- Chain of Custody (for legal use)
Completeness Can we come up with categories of data completeness?
3rd party ratings
- NCDC Certified data (only states that it is in the archive -- designates as official, not a quality statement)
- Dataset docs use FGDC quality section, with different levels of detail
- DIF records have some minimum required fields to accept
- then have a text field to describe quality
- "measured parameters" from ECS model
- QA percent cloud cover; missing pixels;
- CLASS/Climate Data Record
- Maturity Model approach for data (John Bates application from software maturity)
- Level of maturity (five levels of improved treatment)
- See CDR Maturity paper
- Whole section on quality, text only
- Peer review
- Is this a measure of quality?
- Depends on stated offering from the provider; if they claim it is complete and it isn't
Assertions about datasets
We may want some standard for claiming and measuring how valid a claim may be
- What common data quality standards can the Federation offer within the Earth Information Exchange?
- How can we enforce these standards within the Earth Information Exchange?
- Are there similar ratings for "data services"?
Rob will send advertisement to the whole group for next months meeting.