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Data product thinking for FAIR data

Published : Sep 27, 2023
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Data product thinking prioritizes treating data consumers as customers, ensuring they have a seamless experience across the data value chain. This encompasses ease of data discovery, understanding, trust, access and consumption. "Product thinking" is not a new concept. In the past we've embraced this in the operational world while building operational products or microservices. It also suggests a new way to build long-lived cross-functional teams to own and share data across the organization. By bringing a product mindset to data, we believe organizations can operationalize the FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable) principles. Our teams use data catalogs such as Collibra and DataHub to enable data product discoverability. To foster trust, we publish data quality and SLI metrics like freshness, completeness, consistency for each data product, and tools such as Soda Core and Great Expectations automate the data quality checks. Data Observability, meanwhile, can be achieved with the help of platforms like Monte Carlo.

We've seen data products evolve as the reusable building blocks for multiple use cases over a period of time. This is accompanied by faster time to market for subsequent use cases as we progress on identifying and building value case-driven data products. Hence, our advice is to embrace data product thinking for FAIR data.

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