Stanford Human Resources (HR) has approved the creation of a project independent data stewardship team to provide a renewed focus on the effective management of critical HR institutional data assets. In addition to the stewardship team, the Policy and Process Committee has accepted the responsibility for the executive aspects of data governance in the HR subject area. Further details can be found in linked presentation: Project Independent Human Resources Data Stewardship
A key aspect of data governance is the formalization of roles and responsibilities. Although it may not be feasible to move directly to the goal state in the near term, having a well defined target and agreement upon this strategic goal will help align stakeholders and assure that tactical activities have a consistent direction. For this reason, we designed our vision of the Stanford Data Governance Organization. Note that the core councils (Data Governance Council and Data Stewardship Council) are compact and separate from the more operational Data Stewardship Committees and Working Committees. Additionally, to more clearly manage the adoption of centralized policies throughout the schools and functions, the Data Policy Review Board members are asked to become gate keepers for the approval of data policies within their portion of the organization.
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Data stewardship can be approached in many different ways based on the specifics of the environment in which it is implemented. Factors such as resource availability, program scope and company culture are significant factors in the design of the data steward role. In most cases, the responsibilities (and accountabilities) associated with effective data stewardship necessitate the definition of many complementary roles such as, Data Custodian, Data Trustee, Coordinator, Operational Data Steward, Data Analyst, Metadata Custodian etc.
Linked below is a non-comprehensive list of activities associated with data stewardship. Not all of the responsibilities have to be fulfilled in every case but each should be considered in the design of a stewardship program.
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