ISO 8000 FAQ 2018-09-12T12:51:25+00:00

ISO 8000 FAQ

ISO is the international standard for data quality. The FAQ below addresses some of the most common questions regarding the standard.

ISO 8000 is the international standards for data quality. The purpose of ISO 8000 is to make it easier to tell the difference between those companies and software applications that can deliver ISO 8000 quality data and those that cannot. The strength and power in ISO 8000 lies in the opinion of what is, and what is not, quality data. This standard is based on international agreement; industry experts from around the world have agreed that there are characteristics of data that can be used to define and measure its quality. All these aspects are described in ISO 8000.

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ISO 22745 is a standard for encoding data in XML using an open technical dictionary. This encoding makes the data portable and independent of any software application. Data portability is a fundamental principle of ISO 8000.

ISO 8000 data is portable data that meets stated requirement. Data portability means that the data can be read by any application without losing meaning without having to pay fees or royalties. This requires that the data is encoded using an open technical dictionary like the eOTD or that the dictionary that is used to encode the data is included in the data. “Meets stated requirements” means that there is a requirement statement that can be used to determine if all the data that is supposed to be there is there. Achieving ISO 8000 data quality requires that all the metadata (tags) and reference data (codes) are in a dictionary and there needs to be a specification of what data should be present.

No, it is your data, ISO 8000 simply requires that if you decide to provide data to someone, the meaning of the data is explicit.

Your customers will greatly appreciate the fact that you are able to provide them with quality data. Today the total cost of ownership of a product includes the cost of acquiring and storing the data needed to manage the product, making data an integral part of the product. Data quality is a great differentiator. A quality product should come with quality data.

One of the biggest costs of an ERP system is the cost of data acquisition and validation. ISO 8000 quality data is explicitly encoded data formatted in XML. Depending on the application it can be directly imported or easily converted into spreadsheet and imported.

1. As a buyer, asking your supplier to provide you with ISO 8000 quality product specifications will make it easy for you to create master data records for the products you buy. These specifications will make it easy for you to classify the products and create consistent names and descriptions which will avoid creating duplicate records.

2. As a Seller creating ISO 8000 quality product specifications will make it easier for you to publish your specifications and easier for your customers to find your products.

3. For service providers being ISO 8000 compliant identifies you as a provider of quality solutions and differentiates you from others that are not yet compliant.

If you have thousands of technical specifications you probably already have this data in a database or publishing application. An ISO 8000 technical specification is just another output format. If your application provider does not support the ISO 8000 output format yet, we can provide you with a tool that will convert a spreadsheet or database containing your specifications into the ISO 8000 format.

An ISO 8000 audit is a simple and straightforward process that only looks at the data: data is either ISO 8000 compliant or it is not. ECCMA provides certification that a data set is ISO 8000 compliant or that a company can provide ISO 8000 quality data. We ask for a sample of the data and this is what we use to provide the certificate. First, we look to confirm that it is portable data by checking the format and that the data is correctly encoded using an open technical dictionary. Then we compare the data against the data requirement specification to make sure all the data that is supposed to be there is in fact there. We typically recommend that a company claiming to provide ISO 8000 quality data obtain a certificate every year.

All ISO standards allow you to “self-certify” you simply claim that you are compliant. However, asking someone else like ECCMA to certify you is helpful in establishing your reputation. As claiming that data is ISO 8000 compliant is easy to verify, it is important to make sure your data is truly compliant if you claim it is ISO 8000 quality data.