Browsing articles from "May, 2013"

Need Your Help: Cheer Us On

May 31, 2013   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Fun, Need Your Help  //  1 Comment

This Sunday, 2 June Yanni Robel (@yannirobel) and I (@datachick) will be running the San Diego Marathon. Yanni has done so many I can’t keep track.

This is my first full marathon. It will be the first time I have run 26.2 miles. Even typing that makes me queasy.

So this is where you can help. Both Yanni and I use Runmeter, an app that will not only track and tweet our progress, it will also read your tweets to us as we run.

I can’t even begin to explain how much hearing your support helps during a race.

You don’t have to install anything. All you have to do is tweet at us. There are just a few things you need to know:

– We can only hear tweets directly tweeted to us, with our twitter IDs right at the beginning of the tweet.

– That means that you will need two separate tweets to talk to both of us.

– We won’t hear retweets.

– We will probably set our apps to tweet our progress every 2 miles or so. If you reply to those, we will hear your tweet.

– You don’t have to include anything else in the tweet. No need for the Runmeter ID or a hashtag.

– We won’t hear DMs or private messages.

– Status updates also go to our Facebook walls. You can also talk to us there, too.

– I am slow. I will take more than 6 hours to finish. You can sleep in and still help.

– Our corral will probably start at 7AM PDT, although cellphone congestion at the start may interfere with our auto tweets and your responses.

I hope you can help us along the way. Even if you can’t, sending good vibes are also appreciated.

I’m very happy to have Yanni with me for this run.

And thank you to all of you who supported us during our training runs.

See you on the other side of 26.2 miles. Upright and smiling.

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Even Tiny Data Has Significance (Updated)

May 28, 2013   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Data, DLBlog, Fun, Space  //  No Comments

Does size matter?  Sometimes.

Today this tiny bit of data told a huge story.

From http://www.howmanypeopleareinspacerightnow.com/

Earlier today:

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And then…

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Today was the launch of Expedition 36 crew to the International Space Station. 

Maybe, someday, we’ll be able to persist this data in something other than a TINYINT.

Update

And then this happened:

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On 11 June 2013, the Chinese Space Agency launched 3 astronauts to the Chinese space station Tiangong-1, via the Shenzhou-10.  This launch included China’s second female in space.  While it would be better if all nations were cooperating in space exploration, it’s heartening to me to see progress of human space flight.  And getting closer to double digits of people working and living in space?  Wonderful.

Big Challenges in Data Modeling–Data Model Governance

May 21, 2013   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Data, Data Governance, Data Modeling, Data Stewardship, Events, Speaking  //  2 Comments

Join me and an excellent panel of industry experts in discussing the state of Data Modeling Governance.  No, not Data Governance, but Data Modeling Governance.  This free webinar is Thursday,  23 May at 2 PM EDT.  While the formal part starts at 2 PM, you are free to join us 15 minutes before as we prepare for the event.  You can even post your Data Modeling Governance questions then so that we can answer them

We data architects spend a great deal of time advocating for organizations to treat their data as an asset.  We champion the efforts to set up stewardship programs and data governance councils.  We insist that data conform to enterprise naming and modeling standards.  We enforce data policies, measure data quality, report deficiencies and track anomalies.  But do we follow our own advice when it comes to managing “our” data – metadata and data models?

In this webinar, we’ll be tackling the questions of:

  • Do you have budget (money and time) to govern the data modeling environment?
  • How can we get the resources we need to properly govern our data models?
  • Who sets permissions and manages them?
  • When does data modeling by email work?
  • Are data modeling artefacts part of the production systems operations?
  • Are there multiple data modeling tools in your environment? For the right reasons?
  • Are we loving our data models as much as our data?
  • …plus more.

My panellists this week have a great deal of experience in working on a variety of enterprise environments:

  • Anne Marie Smith, Ph.D. is an Information Management professional and consultant with broad experience across industries. She has exceptional, demonstrated skills in business requirements gathering and analysis, data governance and stewardship, data architecture, data and process modeling, strategic data management, meta data management, data quality management, master data management, data warehouse planning and design, project management, and information systems methodology development.
  • David Loshin is the President of Knowledge Integrity, Inc, (www.knowledge-integrity.com), a consulting company focusing on customized information management solutions including information quality consulting and training, business intelligence, metadata, and data standards management. David is among Knowledge Integrity’s recognized experts in information management.
  • Pete Stiglich is a Senior Healthcare Data Architect at Perficient. He has over 25 years IT experience having worked in Enterprise Data Architecture, Data Management, Data Modeling (Conceptual, Logical, Physical, Dimensional, Data Vault, EDW), Data Quality, DW/BI, MDM, Metadata Management, Data Quality, and Database Administration (DBA)
  • You! I always consider the audience as the first panellist in a webinar.   We have a open, engaging webinar configuration where attendees can chat with each other and ask questions to the panel.

You’ll need to pre-register, but it’s fast and free.  Bring your questions, comments, snark and observations.  See you Thursday.

Oh, and if you are late reading this and the webinar has already happened: no worries. We record every event and post it to the Dataversity website. You’ll miss all the great chatter in the chat room, though.

#EDW13 Working on Data Success Stories

May 2, 2013   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Data, Data Modeling, Speaking, Training  //  No Comments

My class writing out their top 10 Data Success Stories.

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Slides from Karen’s #EDW13 Get Started Blogging Session

May 1, 2013   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Data, Events, Fun, Social Networking, Speaking  //  No Comments

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I was really happy to see such a great turnout for today’s session on how to get started blogging at Enterprise Data World (#EDW13).  I wasn’t just happy to have a full room, but that I got so many great, insightful questions and comments.

My Get Blogging slides are available for download now.

Some of the resources I mentioned during the talk:

  • WordPress.com This is my blogging platform of choice.  You can set up a blog in 10 seconds, for free. 
  • WordPress.org Same platform, but if you want to host it someplace yourself.  You can also find a third party host and they typically will have this ready to install from their catalog of approved applications.  It’s free.
  • Windows Live Writer http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-live/essentials-other-programs  This is what I use to compose most of my blog posts
  • TechSmith.com Home of Camtasia (video editor of my choice) and SnagIt (my screen capture tool).  You want these.
  • ERwin.com Go To page for all things ERwin, including their blogs (under the community page)
  • Embarcadero.com Where to find ER/Studio blogs
  • Dataversity.net Home of numerous blogs and articles

Remember, if you start blogging, I want to hear about it so that I can share, comment, and help you promote your writing.

Get Blogging!

#EDW13 DAMA – Enterprise Data World

May 1, 2013   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Data, Events, Fun, Travel  //  No Comments

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