The newly formed expert group “Data Integration, Governance and Sharing” is going to have its kick-off meet on the 22nd of March 2017 at ZHAW Lagerstrasse campus inZürich.

The expert group focusses on finding and sharing solutions around Trusted Data, tackling typical issues such as the following:

  • Data integration: Lack of a joint data model that data experts understand, and that data experts can manage and develop in an intuitive language with only little involvement of IT.

  • Data governance: Lack of control over data versions, including all dependencies with different entities and source systems. As an example the group may investigate where companies could find a balance between the value generated by exchanging data with others (e.g., value from developing more reliable predictive models due to more accessible data), and the associated impact of leaking trade secrets (or in other terms, how to avoid leaking trade secrets from exchanging data). Both, academic research and corporate innovation projects will contribute to answer this question.

  • Data sharing: Lack of a common data language amongst teams, systems, and organizations. Substantial efforts are required to make data sources compatible and non-trivial conversions are necessary to aggregate items of different granularity. Smart access rules and anonymization algorithms are key enablers for trustful data exchange.

Most users of data today, both inside and within third party organizations, assume the data items they use for processing, decision-making, internal and external reporting, or potentially sharing to be of adequate quality. However, in most enterprises, system integration lacks behind the mentioned requirements thus hampers value creation. This Expert Group sets out to tackle these issues from a conceptual basis to very concrete implementations.

The first meeting will focus on identifying the expectation of the group members, positioning within the evolving expert group ecosystem and discuss the plans and goals for the next meeting. The group will also discuss what are the gains and pains of data integration today and will initiate a discussion on whether you would like to share your data with your competitors.

The group is lead by Prof. Gerold Baudinot from ZHAW as the academic lead and Dr. Christian Spindler from PwC Zurich as the industry lead. The participation in the group meeting is limited to the members of the Data+Service alliance, therefore if you are already a member of the alliance and would like to participate in the first meeting, please directly get in touch with the group leaders. However if you are not a member of the alliance yet, please get in touch with us to discuss the various member benefits and the different membership plans.


We look forward to hearing from you and have your participation in the expert group!

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