BCOM275 Week 2 DQ 3 - How Reliable Is Your Data
BCOM275 Week 2 DQ 3 - How Reliable Is Your Data fin571
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Week 2, DQ3: How Reliable Is Your Data? What are some methods you might use to determine the reliability of the data you gather? Why is it important to analyze your data to determine if it is reliable? Be sure that you understand the specialized meaning of this term before responding. RESPONSE 1 I have found that through trial and error, and numerous times being "called in front of the Chief/boss", to double and triple check my work before I submit anything through the Chain of Command. A few years ago, I was in charge of the department that ensured my fellow Sailors/Aircrewman were current on their qualifications prior to going to a meeting on future planning. Most things in my job are based on qualifications that will expire in the future based on a ground school, or a flight. It can be something as simple as what month your CPR qualification was administered. The Navy is big on Microsoft Excel, and all of my qualifications were on one spread sheet. After going to one meeting, and finding out one of my guys' dates was wrong based on just not putting the right date in, I started the practice of always giving my work to the person that previously had my job just to double check my work. Another example that I use that helped immensely was to put in formulas in Excel that were based on the current date, which refreshed based on using the computers automatic date every time you opened the document, but to also tie that in with any form of future expiration. For example, you can put in formulas to show you even in color when a qualification will expire based on the current day. I set up my formulas to keep everyone's cell in the green until two months out, which then changed the cell color to yellow, and then within one month, would change the cell color to red. That was the biggest and best thing I ever could have done, and I continue to use it to this day. So, to make a long story short, ensure your original work is correct, because if it isn't, it will just compound until the time comes when it keep someone from doing their job or disqualifying them completely. RESPONSE 2 It's so important to analyze your data before presenting it in any forum. If you provide inaccurate data, you reduce not only the credibility of your message, but your credibility. Each time you fail to deliver accurate information, you lose your receiver. I've learned that especially on the receiving end, I'll tune out the sender if they have a habit of providing inaccurate data. You utilize various resources to verify your data and check it against other sources such as library publications. There's so many sources of information these days, it's easy to confuse from accurate and inaccurate data. Some believe Snopes.com is a quality source of verifying certain types of information. Wikipedia is another source, but may fail to deliver factual information for there is no limited access to updating or changing information. RESPONSE 3 The reliability of the data gathered will usually depend on the credibility of the source. Generally, Web sites that are ran by the government or an educational institution, which end with .gov or .edu, are more credible than those ending with .com or .org. Anyone with some knowledge of computers can create a Web site. Governments and educational institutions are credible, so a person can rely on the information gathered from them to be true and accurate. Checking the source, such as the Web site domain, is one method to use in determining the reliability of the data gathered. It is important to analyze the reliability of the data to ensure that one's own credibility is not tarnished. This could happen if a person makes an argument, presentation, or statement that is based on false, inaccurate information from an unreliable source. RESPONSE 4 Some methods that I would use to determine the reliability of the data that I gather would be deciding where to gather my information, what type of information to gather, and from who. If I am gathering information for a paper for school I will find the most reliable information around. If I use the internet I try to use the school library website. I find that the information that is gathered from there is almost always from a scholarly source. If I go outside of the schools library website, I do try to make sure the information is correct by checking who wrote the information. When it comes to what type of information I am gathering makes the deciding factor as to the source. If it is information that is based on my own opinion I am not as strict with myself as where I get the info. This is because I get to decide my own opinion, however, if I am finding information that does not require my opinion I like to use the scholarly sources. RESPONSE 5 In the department in which I am a part of (Global Supply Chain) data integrity is a top priority. We have a person assigned to ensure data which goes into our main database application is as accurate as possible. Unfortunately this cannot assure the data will not be used or manipulated in an undesirable way. When gathering data for a report, presentation or general analysis I try to ensure I myself have gathered the base data or that I have outlined the functional specification for the data requirement to our technical department. I find that being very knowledgeable when it comes to our system data tables come in handy. Many people present unreliable data because they are unaware of the data’s origin. Data reliability is extremely important. The data we derive can be originally only sent to one recipient then distributed to several others in many countries. The data you distribute is much like giving your word. By publishing and distributing this data you are vouching for its integrity.
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