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Exploring Whether Data Can be Represented as a Composite Unit in Form Processing Using the Manufacturing of Information Approach

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Station Expérimentale des Procédés Pilotes en Environnement, École de Technologie Supérieure, Université du Québec, 1100, rue Notre-Dame Ouest Local A-1500, Montréal, QC H3C 1K3, Canada
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Unidad de Investigación Especializada en Hidroinformática y Tecnología Ambiental, Facultad de Ingeniería Civil, Universidad Veracruzana, Lomas del Estadio s/n, Zona Universitaria, Xalapa 91000, Mexico
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Instituto de Ciencias Básicas, Universidad Veracruzana, Av. Luis Castelazo Ayala, s/n. Col. Industrial Animas, Xalapa 91190, Mexico
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Universidad de Xalapa, Carretera Xalapa-Veracruz- Km2. No.341, Col. Acueducto Animas, Xalapa 91190, Mexico
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Information 2019, 10(5), 156; https://doi.org/10.3390/info10050156
Received: 5 March 2019 / Revised: 24 April 2019 / Accepted: 24 April 2019 / Published: 26 April 2019
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Abstract

Data and information quality have been recognized as essential components for improving business efficiency. One approach for the assessment of information quality (IQ) is the manufacturing of information (MI). So far, research using this approach has considered a whole document as one indivisible block, which allows document evaluation only at a general level. However, the data inside the documents can be represented as components, which can further be classified according to content and composition. In this paper, we propose a novel model to explore the effectiveness of representing data as a composite unit, rather than indivisible blocks. The input data sufficiency and the relevance of the information output are evaluated in the example of analyzing an administrative form. We found that the new streamlined form proposed resulted in a 15% improvement in IQ. Additionally, we found the relationship between the data quantity and IQ was not a “simple” correlation, as IQ may increase without a corresponding increase in data quantity. We conclude that our study shows that the representation of data as a composite unit is a determining factor in IQ assessment. View Full-Text
Keywords: data quality; information quality; data input; information output; data classification; manufacturing of information; information products; composite data; data representation; IQ assessment data quality; information quality; data input; information output; data classification; manufacturing of information; information products; composite data; data representation; IQ assessment
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Blasco-Lopez, M.; Hausler, R.; Romero-Lopez, R.; Glaus, M.; Diaz-Sobac, R. Exploring Whether Data Can be Represented as a Composite Unit in Form Processing Using the Manufacturing of Information Approach. Information 2019, 10, 156.

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