Measuring the applicability of open data standards to a single distributed organisation : an application to the COMESA Secretariat

Munalula, Themba (2008)

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This dissertation develops data metrics that represent the extent to which data standards can be applied to an organization's data. The research identified key issues that affect data interoperability or the feasibility of a move towards interoperability. This research tested the unwritten rule that organizational setups tend to regard and design data requirements more from internal needs than interoperability needs. Essentially, by generating metrics that affect a number of data attributes, the research quantified the extent of the gap that exists between organizational data and data standards.