Mr. Peter Richard Benson is the Founding and Executive Director of the Electronic Commerce Code Management Association (ECCMA). The international association was founded in 1999 to develop and promote the implementation of co-operative solutions for the unambiguous exchange of information.
Peter has enjoyed a long career in data driven systems starting with early work on debugging Vulcan the precursor of what became dBase, one of the very first relational database applications designed for the personal computer market. Peter went on to design WordStar Messenger, one of the very first commercial electronic mail software applications which included automated high to low bit conversion to allow eight bit word-processing formatting codes to pass through the early seven bit UNIX email systems. Peter received a British patent in 1992 covering the use of automated email to update distributed databases. From 1994 to 1998 Peter chaired the ANSI committee responsible for the development of EDI standards for product data (ASC X12E). Peter was responsible for the design; development and global promotion of the UNSPSC as an international commodity classification for spend analysis and procurement. Most recently, in pursuit of a faster, better and lower cost method for obtaining and validating master data, Peter designed and oversaw the development of the eOTD, eDRR and eGOR as open registries of terminology, data requirements and organizations mirrored on the NATO cataloging system. Peter is also the project leader for ISO 8000 (data quality) and ISO 22745 (open technical dictionaries). Peter is recognized as an expert on the creation, maintenance and distribution of master data, and the automatic rendering of high quality multilingual descriptions from master data that are at the heart of today’s ERP applications and the high speed and high relevance text search engines that we have come to depend on.
Peter is a proponent of open standards for data portability and long term data preservation. Peter works to focus international attention on open metadata and how its use in software applications protects an organization’s rights to their own data as well as on the importance of data provenance, the ability to track the origin of data.
Companies and countries run on data but rarely question its origin, accuracy or significance, until something goes wrong. From the larger lost satellite to the smaller annoyances of badly worded forms, it all comes down to data. This short book provides a unique insight into the real value of data and how a simple understanding of data quality can be a truly enlightening and profitable experience.