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How to organise your data standardisation project?

In this brief article our data standardisation experts have put together a few important considerations that might help industry associations and government bodies organise their data standardisation projects.

  1. Appoint a workgroup to lead the data standardisation initiative. The workgroup should consist of experts within the organisation that have previous experience with data management.
  2. Get in contact with the Define data management experts. They can support you by providing:
    • Documentation, support materials, webinars
    • Meetings, discussions
  3. Get access to Define. Based on your needs, our Define experts will provide an offer that includes access to the Define tool for different roles, training, etc.
  4. Start with why – define the information needs and use cases that the project should cover, e.g., make structured data available to members, perform calculations on carbon footprint or cost, support BIM processes by enriching models with standardised data, etc.
  5. Educational phase – workshops on standardisation work, data dictionaries, data templates
  6. Create a context and users in Define
  7. Model your data through Data templates by using a common language (data dictionary)
    • Identify all the construction objects and the sources that will be described by using machine-readable and interoperable data templates, e.g., window, door, cladding
    • Identify all the characteristics of construction objects that will be required and exchanged by your members. Think about a construction object from a holistic point of view – from manufacturing through design and construction to facility management.
  8. Explore the possibilities for exposing your content to members/market and onboarding
    • API (Application Program Interface)
    • Public page
    • Exports
    • Educational webinars
    • Marketing campaign/ articles/ use cases/ interviews
  9. Maintenance of the logical data model and data auditing – ensure that consistent and up to date data reaches the industry
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