I have been assembling a slide deck for an upcoming TDWI web seminar on Strategic Planning and the World of Big Data, and I am finding that I might sometimes use two different terms (“data reuse” and “data repurposing,” in case you ignored the tootle of this post) interchangeably when in fact those two words could have slightly different meanings or intents. So should I be cavalier and use them as synonyms?
When I thought about it, I did see some clarity in differentiating the definitions:
- “data reuse” means taking a data asset and using more than once for the same purpose.
- “data repurposing” means taking a data asset previously used for one (or more) specific purpose(s) and using that data set four a completely different purpose. Read more
I was reading Tom Redman’s blog posting at the data roundtable about the customer-supplier model for data and thought it would be worth raising a particular question regarding an ongoing assumption about data use. Tom’s posting suggests that as individuals should cast themselves into a supplier or customer role. The suppliers should consider who the customers are and ask themselves whether they are meeting their customers’ needs. The customers should consider who the suppliers are and “act like customers.”
This model may work in a constrained environment where those roles can be ascertained. But that may be an assumption that is rapidly changing…