Data Quality, Standards, and Italian Olive Oil

Looking at an example of olive oil will hopefully spawn discussion that could eventually yield a universally accepted measurement of data quality

Introduction, the Metaphor

I’ve just spent three days laboring as a migrant worker on my father’s farm in Abruzzi, Italy. It’s a yearly ritual for my siblings, cousins, in-laws -- whomever has a week to spare during the beginning of November. My father has approximately 150 olive trees, and each tree takes about 30-45 minutes for two people to do. It’s quite simple really: using something that resembles a large comb you grab a branch, pull it down towards you, and comb off the olives, which fall onto a net wrapped around the base of the tre

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