For immediate release | September 22, 2023

Understanding and leveraging your data

CHICAGO — Published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, “Halo Data: Understanding and Leveraging the Value in your Data” proposes a paradigm shift in methodology for organizations to properly appreciate and leverage the value of their data. Co-founders of the data consultancy firm Carruthers and Jackson, authors Caroline Carruthers and Peter Jackson have many years' experience in data strategy, management, and technology. Their book begins by reviewing the current state of our understanding of data. This introduction demonstrates the limitations of this status quo, including a discussion on metadata and its limitations, data mining, data enrichment and Big Data. Following this, the book then presents a new concept and framework for understanding and quantifying value in an organization's data and a practical methodology for using this in practice.

Carruthers was one of the first women to take on the role of Chief Data Officer in the UK public sector for Network Rail. She has authored several best-selling books on the role of data in organizations and now consults with public, private, and charity sector organizations on how to get the most out of their data. Jackson is Director, Group Data Sciences at Legal and General. Previously he was Chief Data Officer at Southern Water and prior to that Head of Data at The Pensions Regulator (TPR), which regulates the pensions and automatic enrollment in the UK. Over his career he has provided data strategy consultancy across the not-for-profit, financial services, and FMCG sectors. Carruthers and Jackson previously co-authored “The Chief Data Officer's Playbook,” now in its second edition, and “Data-Driven Business Transformation.”

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Halo Data: Understanding and Leveraging the Value in your Data

"Data Driven Decisions: A Practical Toolkit for Library and Information Professionals"

"Data Science in the Library: Tools and Strategies for Supporting Data-Driven Research and Instruction"



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