The Role and Challenges of Data in the Digitalization Era
In an increasing digital world, information systems deal with complex and diverse data with many associated challenges for modeling, accessing, and manipulating data. We have progressed from traditional data management, to the era of big data, and now to an era where the digitalization of applications and processes are having a profound impact on business and society. Proper management of data is critical in the era of digitalization, as is archiving it for current and future use. However, many traditional challenges of data management remain, requiring a deep understanding of the use of data in the digital world. This paper compares data management in the era of digitalization to traditional data management. Challenges related to data semantics, data structure and syntax, and data use are analyzed and illustrated for an emerging technology, blockchain, which is heavily data-dependent. Continuing data challenges and future research directions are proposed.
Veda C. Storey is the Tull Professor of Computer Information Systems and professor of computer science at the J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University. Her research interests are in data management, conceptual modeling, intelligent information systems, and design science research. Dr. Storey is a member of the AIS College of Senior Scholars, an AIS Fellow, and an advisor to the Workshop on Information Technologies and Systems. She is also a member of the steering committee of the International Conference of Conceptual Modeling, where she has the honor of being an ER Fellow and a recipient of the Peter P. Chen Award. She received a Georgia State University Teaching Innovation Award for her work on experiential and interdisciplinary teaching. Dr. Storey received her Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia and holds a degree in flute performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music, University of Toronto.