The project I’m working for currently is about data in the context of a regulatory framework. As part of that I come across interesting articles from time to time. While the industry domain is insurance there’s some good stuff in here about data. Have a look at the presentations over on the BCS.org (British Computer Society) Data Management Specialist Group subsite. Dean Buckner’s is particularly interesting. Haven’t had a chance to listen to the audio yet, just ran through the presentation.
There are some key points in there about what you should focus on and also the idea of ‘materiality’ i.e. what’s actually important. Even having a think about the materiality of your data is a useful exercise. It may even be a useful challenge for you to ask yourself: “Is the data I think is important really important”.