Instructor-Facilitated Online Course → Data Management - Current/Upcoming

Data Management: Quality and Standards (DM 202.04)

START DATE: February 12, 2020

Duration: 4 Weeks
- Expected time commitment: up to 5 hours per week, on average
- Weekly virtual live session: 1 hour each week during the course, each Monday at 2 p.m. starting February 18.
- - Kick-off virtual live session on Wednesday February 12 at 3:00 pm EST
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This online course, developed by the Center for Government Excellence at Johns Hopkins University, will teach you to recognize the components of data quality, identify common quality issues, and learn methods and practices for improving data quality. In addition, we will discuss the necessary building blocks, use cases, and methods for evaluating and employing effective data standards.

Through this course, you will:
-Learn common data quality issues
-Explore government datasets for common data quality issues
-Gain insights to popular data standards
-Develop strategies for improving data quality and implementing data standards
This course aligns with the following What Works Cities Certification Criteria focused on Data Governance. The full list of criteria can be found at

- Your local government has and carries out documented policies or practices to improve data quality.
- Your local government adopts Civic Data Standards.

Start Date: 02/12/2020

  • About the course
  • Meet Your Instructors
  • Course Syllabus
  • Course Readings and Resources (Complete list)
  • Welcome to the Course!
  • Course Assignments and Due Dates
  • Virtual Live Sessions: How to join, Schedule and Recordings
  • Introduce yourself - discussion forum
  • How to Navigate your online course
  • Week 1 - Understanding the Importance of Data Quality
  • Week 2 - Assessing Open Datasets for Quality Issues
  • Week 3 - Understanding Data Standards
  • Week 4 - Implementation Strategies
  • Final Assignment Submission
  • SUBMIT Week 4 Assessment: Data Quality Memo
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed