Research on the Method of Evaluating the Value of Data Assets
Zhihong Lin1, a, Yueqing Wu2, b
1School of Economics and Management, North China Electric Power University, Baoding, China;
2School of Economics and Management, North China Electric Power University, Baoding, China
Keywords: Data assets; Value evaluation; Cost; Application; AHP; Index system.
Abstract. With the rapid development of the market economy and the fierce competition in the
market, a market value for the modern company is not just its tangible assets; the value of intangible
assets also becomes a more and more important part in its total assets. With the arrival of the era of big
data, data assets have become an important strategic resource for enterprises. The aim of this study is
to promote the company's operational data assets to enhance the value of the application. This paper
analyzed the data value of the assets constitutes and its main influencing factors by the concept and
characteristics of the data assets, and established the evaluation index system by AHP which was
based on the sources of the cost and the application of this two sides. The results obtained the
calculation model of the value evaluation of data assets.
With the continuous development and progress of science and technology, the value of intangible
assets is also changing; the value of some types of intangible assets even will have a significant
change. Therefore, in the actual operation of the enterprise, its accurate value is difficult to rely on
traditional methods to accurately estimate due to their intangible value changes and other
characteristics  .Today in the rapid development of Internet and mobile and intelligent technology,
data assets as an important intangible asset of enterprise are achieving more and more attentions from
the enterprises. And data assets assessment which plays important roles in the development enterprise
data, trading, financing and other operation and research data assets value for enterprises especially
for the business enterprise to promote enterprise the asset data maintenance, management and
application and avoid the loss of the asset data. Besides, data assets in the enterprise business
decision-making are also playing a more and more important role. However, the research of data
assets in our country is still in the embryonic stage, and how to define data assets and use appropriate
methods to evaluate the data value, which will have important significance to the management,
operations, the protection of data assets and the promotion of the maximization of enterprise value.
2. Overview of relevant theories
2.1 Data assets concept
At present, there is no such a concept of data assets in China's academic circles, and the relevant
domestic and foreign literature is relatively small. The most closely related research field in the
evaluation of data assets is the value of intangible assets. Intangible assets are controlled by a specific
subject, which does not have the physical form, and can bring economic benefits to the production and
operation. Because the data assets do not have the physical form, it should belong to the type of
intangible assets. In the era of big data, not all of the data can bring value to us, and the data assets are
the assets that can bring value for us .
2.2 Characteristics of data assets
Data assets have the general characteristics of intangible assets, but also have their own
particularity, which is characterized by the following aspects:
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2.2.1 Non entity
Data assets have no specific physical form, which are invisible assets. The fundamental difference
between intangible assets and tangible assets lies in the value of tangible assets depends on the
contribution of tangible elements, but the value of intangible assets depends on the contribution of
intangible factors .
Not any intangible things are intangible assets, the premise of they can become intangible assets is
to have to be able to be in a certain way, directly or indirectly for the control (owner, user or investors)
subject to create benefits, and must be able to in a longer period of time continue to produce economic
benefits. Data assets are assets that can bring benefits to the enterprise.
2.2.3 Intellectual property rights
Data assets, which include the intellectual input of the data developer, are in accordance with the
characteristics of the intellectual property rights of innovation and privacy.
2.2.4 Cumulative appreciation
Enterprise data size and data dimension is constantly accumulated by steady development, which
will further enhance the overall value.
2.2.5 Value volatility
Data assets will be affected by the data capacity, data aging degree and related data technology and
other factors. Compared with other intangible assets, its intrinsic value is more likely to change.
2.3 Methods of evaluating the value of data assets
The evaluation of the value of data assets has its particularity, and it is often difficult to estimate
the value of the traditional three methods. The choice of evaluation method is the key and difficult
point of the value evaluation of data assets. Due to the creative in the process of the asset value of the
data, the disposable of production, uncertainty of profitability, fuzziness of cost, the risk of value
conversion process, factors influence the asset value of the data are more complex, which causes the
complexity and difficulty of the evaluation of the value of assets . Therefore, it is necessary to
analyze the various factors that affect the evaluation of the value of data assets. This paper uses the
analytic hierarchy model, and calculates the weight of each evaluation index, established based on
application costs and takes into account the asset value of the data evaluation model, in order to
evaluate the asset value of the data .
3. Sources and influencing factors of the value of data assets
3.1 Sources of value for data assets
Raw data itself has no value, and the asset data is the end result of a series of enterprise value
activities. To the value source of research data assets, we can use Michael Porter's value chain
analysis method to analyze the data value process . Activities of the value of the data is a series of
input, conversion and output a sequence of activities set, each activity have possible relative to the
final product produce value-added behavior, so as to enhance the competitive position of enterprises.
As shown in Figure 1.
Fig. 1 Data assets value chain diagram
3.2 Factors affecting the value of data assets
Data assets are controlled by the enterprise and attached to the tangible assets. Asset data value is
influenced by numerous variable factors. The whole process can be analyzed from the following two
sides according to the shown above data assets value chain diagram, namely data assets cost sources
and data assets application.
Data storage and
3.2.1 The cost sources of data assets
The cost of data assets is a dynamic index, which is affected by many factors, and changes with the
changes of these factors, many of which are uncertain. The cost of data assets mainly comes from the
acquisition cost, operation cost and the maintenance cost, so this paper evaluates the cost of data assets
from three perspectives, namely the acquisition cost, operation cost and the maintenance cost.
3.2.2 The application of data assets
The application of data assets should be studied according to the type of different data assets. For
different use objects, it will also produce different effects. Therefore, this paper studies the impact
factors of data assets, the data assets type, the application times, the application object and the
application effect as the main evaluation indicators.
4. Construction of data assets value evaluation model based on Analytic Hierarchy Process
According to the structure diagram, we can calculate the cost and the application of the data assets,
and then evaluate the value of the two assessment results to get the evaluation value of the data assets.
4.1 Computing data assets cost evaluation
4.1.1 To build a data asset cost evaluation system, as shown in table 1
Table 1 Data assets cost value evaluation system
Data asset cost
4.1.2 Structure comparison judgment matrix
The comparison judgment matrix is the core of the analytic hierarchy process, and it is one of the
elements as the criterion, and the element value of the next level is determined by 22 comparisons.
When comparing the two factors, it is required to have a quantitative scale, nine scale 22 comparison
rating criteria as shown in table 2.
Table 2 Standard table of nine scale 22 comparison
Two factors compared
I factor is as important as J factor
The I factor is slightly more important than the J
I factor is significantly more important than J
The I factor is much more important than the J
The I factor is more important than the J factor
The I factor is compared with the J factor in the
above two results.
J factor than I factor is the reciprocal of the results
of factor J factor I comparison
The reciprocal of the above number
Different companies to focus on the various indicators may be different. In general, it is the
company's business expert opinion to construct a comparison judgment matrix, assuming Table 3 for
a company business expert advice:
Table 3 The judgment matrix of data assets cost evaluation
Data asset cost sources V
4.1.3 Preliminary results
At present, you can directly use the YAAHP software to automatically complete the judgment
matrix consistency test which is different from the traditional calculation method. When the
consistency test is passed, the calculation of the weight of the cost assessment indicators as shown in
table 4. Table 4 Data assets cost evaluation index weight
Data asset cost sources V
4.1.4 The final result
Assuming the data assets acquisition cost, the operation cost and the maintenance cost were C1, C2,
C3,and data asset cost assessment indicators VC value can be derived through the weighted calculation
iic CWV 1)(
4.2 Computing data assets application evaluation
4.2.1 The data asset application value evaluation system, as shown in table 5
Table 5 Application value evaluation system of data assets
Data asset application
Data asset type
4.2.2 The final result
Steps are the same as the cost of computing data assets, and it is concluded that the value of UC in
the application of data assets can be calculated by the weighted calculation formula:
4.3 Data assets value assessment results
According to the third section, the value of data assets is composed of cost and application. In
summary, the final calculation model of the value of data assets is determined: the value of data assets
is the sum of the value of the cost evaluation of the data assets and the value of the application of the
This paper established the data assets value assessment model, starting from the point of view of
cost and application and to the value of the asset data have a more accurate assessment. In the model
the AHP model to construct evaluation index system of the application, and use YAAHP analytic
software method to calculate the weight of every index. From the data assets value assessment model
we can clearly see that the factors affecting the value of data can be to, optimize the factors affecting
the scores and improve asset values by managing the data assets problems. However, due to the
limited knowledge and access to information is not comprehensive enough, selected indicators to the
data asset valuation is not comprehensive, and assessment result needs to be further investigated, data
asset valuation methods and research needs more efforts.
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