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Reference and guide to SFIA version 7. Framework status: Current standard.

#32 Data Quality - New Skill?: change request accepted

A new data quality skill is required.

From Australian Public Sector SFIA Forum:

Debate around informatics and data.  Generally all felt that the existing SFIA skills around data could encompass the needs of informatics but only for those very knowledgeable about the details in each data related skill.

The justification for suggesting additional data related skills is as follows:

  • There is a significant drive for large integration of data and interoperability of systems
  • IT is to a large extent the engine for ensuring that the data can be used and not the driver.
  • The importance of data in terms of what it is, its quality and integrity is often more important then the systems that manage it

As a comparison there are 20 service management skills but only about 5 data skills and the language focuses doesn't reflect the importance of data adn its use.

Attached to Quality management


What we decided

Accepted. Data quality should form a part of the Quality skills in SFIA.

What we changed

Wide review of QUMS, QUAS and QUST.

Brunella Longo says:
Nov 28, 2017 08:50 AM

The data quality argument is very important and I am about to submit a change request about it myself. However, I came to the conclusion that it is not convenient to have the call for more data quality responsibilities added as a separated, distinct data skill. Instead, for the reasons the same ACS underlines in its core bok, talking about a "core" set of skills that must pervade all ICT roles can be counterproductive and not fit for purpose.

Sfia Updates Manager says:
Nov 28, 2017 08:54 AM

@ Brunella - Thanks for taking part. Can you provide more detail on your reference to the ACS BOK and the core set of skills, Thanks.

Brunella Longo says:
Nov 28, 2017 09:02 AM

I suggest to Google 'acs ict bok core' - they have published several free resources, videos etc. The main principle they established with this "essential set" of transversal skills is that there are responsibilities that must be endorsed by everybody working in IT no matter their specialism or seniority...