The Data Governance Office (DGO) facilitates and supports Data Governance and Data Stewardship activities. It…
- runs the program
- keeps track of Data Stakeholders and Stewards
- provides liaisons to other disciplines and programs, such as Data Quality, Compliance, Privacy, Security, Architecture, and IT Governance
- collects and aligns policies, standards, and guidelines from these stakeholder groups
- arranges for the providing of information and analysis to IT projects as requested
- facilitates and coordinates data analysis and issue analysis projects
- facilitates and coordinates meetings of Data Stewards
- collects metrics and success measures and reports on them to data stakeholders
- provides ongoing Stakeholder Care in the form of communication, access to information, record-keeping, and education/support
- articulates the value of Data Governance and Stewardship activities
- provides centralized communications for governance-led and data-related matters
- maintains governance records
Not all organizations choose to institute a formal DGO structure. Instead, they employ an equivalent: individuals who perform the functions that would typically be assigned to a DGO. Often, these individuals come from the ranks of Data Architects and Data Analysts, or those working with Metadata / Data Definitions.
Whether they are part of a DGO, individuals filling these roles must be able to succeed with governance communications.