This post is my way of elaborating my ‘aha’ moment as someone who deals in data on a daily basis.
Both data creators and data analyzers in most organizations are not the same person/profile. Those who are data creators have different needs and create ‘data’ that helps them in getting their work done efficiently.
However, data analyzers though they may understand the data creators process are not necessarily analyzing for factors of efficiency when analyzing data. They may be more interested in the data for how it can be analyzed to bring about effectiveness. This tension between creation from a efficiency point of view and analysis for assessing effectiveness exists in most organizations and ways of managing is defined by the organizational culture.
The incentives for data creators may derive legitimacy from a culture of delivering with minimal transaction costs of time, resources and effort. Data analyzers have their ‘…own norms and standards for the imagination of data’ (Lisa Gitelman, 2011). Interpretation is the heart and soul of data analysis. Be it at the design stage for those creating data or at the analysis stage those who look for patterns and connections.
As long as both who deal in data understand this important aspect, neither will claim their work as the business of facts but rather of interpretation.
The 58th Commission on the Status of Women is currently underway in New York, USA. It started on the 10th of March and will go on till 21st of March. This annual meeting of hundreds of women, men, government officials, ministers, national delegations, girl’s groups, boy’s groups, NGOs, and other stake-holders at the United Nations is to discuss this year’s priority theme, Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls.
Inevitably there are a whole host of new initiatives and campaigns that are launched/announced at this annual meeting. This year I have started my own ‘campaign’ to gather information about all the campaigns both launched and mentioned during #CSW58 and compile them in one place. This is an incomplete list in all likelihood but my hope is that I will be able to get people to leave comments with those that are missing from this compilation to help me along!
So lets get started shall we!
Campaigns @ CSW58
Tweets about the various campaigns launched or mentioned at CSW58.