Data Quality: to whom does it belong?

April 27, 2011
By William Sharp

 How should data ownership be addressed?

In my opinion a governance committee is the best option.  There should be at least one, probably two representatives from the business, from technology and from budgeting.  I’d suggested budgeting be the head of the committee so that solid cost-based decisions can be made.  Business and technology can present their case for why money should/should not get spent on a data management issue.

This content originally appeared as a comment(s) in reference to a blog post by Charles Blyth here.

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William Sharp

One Response to Data Quality: to whom does it belong?

  1. Gwen Thomas on June 25, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    I’d say your advice is absolutely perfect… except for when it isn’t! The point is that every organization has its own (explicit or tacit)formulas for establishing decision rights for making important decisions about important decision rights such as “ownership.” (Yes, hall-of-mirrors effect is intended.) Who gets a seat at the table for apportioning ownership and all its privileges? The answer to that question is critically important.

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