Posts Tagged ‘Responsibility’

What is Data Governance?

Friday, May 12th, 2017

Data Governance (DG) is a cross-functional set of roles, policies and enabling technologies that work together to ensure that an organization is getting the maximum net benefit out of its data assets. To be both successful and sustainable, a DG program must be integrated with business and IT processes throughout the organization.

The fundamental purpose of all DG programs is to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of business processes. Critical business processes are especially sensitive to the quality of data, and the failure of such processes may have far-reaching impacts. Quality data that is “fit for use” across the organization can only be developed and maintained through the collaboration of a diverse set of data stakeholders. This group must commit to formalized responsibilities, policies and procedures around the effective management of data. All DG procedures, including data quality remediation and master data standardization, are most efficient and effective when they are understood and performed consistently throughout the institution.

To achieve institution-wide commitment, the strategy and structure of each DG program must be designed with the unique priorities, competencies and goals of that organization in mind. This may lead to vastly different DG implementations, even among similar organizations. Additionally, as a DG program grows and technical and business environments change, its strategy and structure must continually evolve to remain effective.

High-quality data is a critical success factor across all functions of any organization. Proactive data management and a well-defined Data Governance program are required for the full value of this institutional asset to be realized.

DG@Stanford is getting a new look!!

Friday, May 12th, 2017

DG@Stanford has undergone a remodel and a reorganization, and the revamped site will replace the current site with in the next few weeks.  Have no fear, we are keeping the underlying WordPress format and users of the site will still have access to all the previous blogs.  So what has changed?  We have made it more user friendly so that users of the site, internal and external to Stanford, can find information about our program without having to sift through numerous blogs, while still having the ability to follow the site similar to a traditional blog.

Here is a preview of the updated site:

Come back here to see the new and improved DG@Stanford and give us your feedback (what worked, what didn’t, suggestions etc.). As always we welcome your feedback.

Thank you,

Kathleen Warmoth

Data Governance Manager


Project Independent Data Stewardship in HR

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

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

The Data Governance Organization

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

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.

Please email Matt with any questions or comments.

Stanford Data Governance Organization

Data Stewardship Activities

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

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.

Please contact Matt Hoying with any questions, comments or suggestions.

Data Stewardship Related Activities