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Santa Data Quality December 5, 2009

Posted by yvettefrancino in Uncategorized.
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Have you ever thought about the quality (or lack there of) with Santa’s data. (Thanks to Liliandahl’s Data Quality Blog for exposing some major problems!)  I’d never realized how many inconsistencies there were in the way we track Santa, and this is worrisome because there are a lot of apps that integrate with Santa data and we want to make sure they work!  Santa is having troubles, too, with this economy — I’m sure there are going to be less physical gifts since the elves have been laid off. If the data is all hosed up, how can even  rely on the apps that depend on that data working?

For example, there’s the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) GPS Tracking System that via GPS, which is able to track Santa’s voyage each Christmas Eve.  According to late-breaking news:

This year, children and the young-at-heart are also able to track Santa through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, and TroopTube.mil.Type “@noradsanta” into a search engine to start tracking.

Now if the data is wrong here, people all over the world will not know when they are supposed to be safely up in their beds so that Santa doesn’t catch them awake and skidaddle right back up that chimney!

Here’s a Santa Software Website which has a lot of open source and free software.  I’m looking for something that will let me get a direct link into Santa’s workshop to make requests.  Here’s a cute little dancing santa card app I found.  This one does not depend on any integration data, so it should be safe.  However, what about Nice/Naughty list apps?  I can think of quite a few applications that would be really useful if we could get a hold of that data.  And think how great it would be for Santa if we could automate some of his processes? But we’d need a sure-proof way to validate the accuracy of the Nice/Naughty flag.

I’m wondering….  who provides the QA for Santa and his workshop?  This may be a real business opportunity.

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