I recently read the book Factfulness, which highlights ten things about the world that are better than most people think. (The book is a fascinating read and I highly recommend it. In fact, I think it should be required reading for all high school students!)
This got me to thinking (naturally) about the things in data management that are better than perhaps many of us think. Here are just a few examples drawing on my experiences as a database manager with my past association employment:
These are just three quick examples of how technology has dramatically improved how we manage data and share information. The changes have been dramatic and quite positive.
But it’s too easy (especially for those of us who have been around a while!) to fall back into our old beliefs and mindsets. To fall into the false thinking of “Things are a mess.” This isn’t to say things are perfect. Far from it. But to paraphrase from Factfulness, things are better AND there is still a lot of room for improvement. As we manage the data day-to-day, it’s important to keep both those things in mind.