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Data Governance

What is Data Governance?

Data Governance is the organization of authority and control over data assets and the promotion and enhancement of accuracy, consistency, understandability, accessibility, and appropriate usage. It includes the activities of establishing and managing: data regulations, rules, procedures, and standards; authorization and access; data catalog; data quality; and data literacy.

University Data Governance Program Mission

Data Governance is a core component of the data and analytics function that ensures that data assets are accurate, consistent, understandable, and that the access rights and authority with respect to university data are defined, applied, and understood by the university community so that data resources are used securely and appropriately. The University Data Governance Program provides the strategy, structure and processes to support robust data-driven decision-making that will advance the university’s strategic goals.

Goals and Objectives

  • Develop a data governance strategy to serve as the guiding principles, values, and high level directional goals for the usage and management of university data assets;
  • Establish comprehensive and consistent regulations, procedures, and standards across NC State to advance data governance adoption and practice;
  • Promote effective and consistent stewardship of university data assets; 
  • Institute clear rules for authorization and access to safeguard sensitive data;
  • Support and maintain the university data catalog, which will act as a central repository of information on university data assets and analytic products and helps minimize conflicting interpretations of data elements;
  • Improve the quality, accuracy, and consistency of university data assets; and
  • Promote data literacy, awareness, and appropriate usage of data resources across the university community.