Importance of Accurate Data Collection

The US Postal Service (USPS) provides residents a service that let’s you know if a package is being shipped to you, where it is in its travels, and finally when it gets to the destination. It’s a wonderful service.

Yesterday I received the following texts from USPS:

My packages were “left with individual” however I was in the office and not at home. How strange is that?

I texted my wife asking her if she is expecting any packages. She told me the only thing she’s expecting are our passports. I thought of the possible reasons why the mail would be registered this way:

  • A stranger was at our front door when the mail person delivered
  • The building manager was there to receive the mail
  • Maybe the packages were stuffed in our mailbox but the mail person registered the type of delivery incorrectly (data input error)

Running the scenarios through my head I rushed home from the office to make sure nothing weird was happening.

When I got home I checked our mailbox and sure enough two envelope packages that are tracked was there. Sure enough it was what we were expecting.

Thank goodness that the packages were there.

Although there were two packages, there was one more action of due diligence I had to make. Are these packages in my hand the same ones USPS has reported to me as delivered to a person? Let me check the tracking numbers.

Yes, the tracking numbers were good. No funny business happened.

I spent a good amount of time trying to make sure nothing weird happened. This is why it’s so important to enter data correctly. The mail person may not have known it or intended to send the wrong message to me but it created a whole lot of activity to confirm that I wasn’t a victim of identity theft.

Big Data & Hackathons in Hawaii

Greetings Everyone,

This past month there was plenty of activity in my home base of Hawaii. Check out some of the shots from the events I’ve attended:

Hacking away at a problem. Programming style. Photo by D. Ramos

 

One of my favorite projects out of the dozens of pitches at the ATT Hackathon. A group of programmers created a way to use Augmented Reality (AR) to teach a person how to play the ukulele.

Not only were there awesome ideas at the hackethon, but there were some resources that I did not know exist. For example, I knew blocks of codes can be used as puzzle pieces but didn’t know Google had a library called Blockly. Thanks to Mr. Kuok at OceanIT for introducing this to me. The following is an example of what Blockly looks like:

Here’s a sample of Blockly. You can also play around with it by following this link: https://developers.google.com/blockly/

Another highlight of March that involves big data is the Open Data Day 2018, organized by Burt Lum on Oahu. It’s amazing what kind of data is available out there. Meeting people involved with collecting the data and making it presentable was also a plus.

Before I started my company, I did a little bit of “market research” by digging up data on how many businesses are on Oahu alone. Thankfully I didn’t have to put too much effort. I discovered The Department of Business, Economic Development, & Tourism to justify my existence.

Introducing dashboards that summarize data the government has collected. Depending on your situation, this may be very useful for you or your business. Photo by D. Ramos

Months later, at Open Data Day, many of the people supplying this information were in attendance and shared even more data that would be useful for many different organizations. The amount of resources can actually be a little overwhelming. Like many of the conferences I’ve attended in the past, I share specific information with people who need it.

However, one thing I encourage is to stay active and ambitious about finding out information. It’s a lot of hard work but there’s so much that can be done. I like anything data so it’s easy for me to attend events like the Hackathon or Open Data Day.

If you’reĀ  a newbie, I suggest you should figure out what you’re interested in and THEN put on the glasses I have for data. Maybe you like comic books or maybe you like cosmetics. Just know that there are resources out there. And if you need help interpreting, we can chat. Let’s talk story, feel free to holler @ me.