Data Governance

Data Governance

Every day, thousands of gigabytes of data pass through the CU servers. To ensure that data is managed as a material asset the University has established a data governance program with the goals of ensuring that data provides value, meets compliance requirements, and risks are managed appropriately. The program consists of four groups, Data OwnersData Stewards, Data Custodians, and Data Users

Data Owner

Appointed by the President, Chancellor, or delegates of the Council of Data Owners, Data Owners are accountable for managing, protecting, and ensuring the integrity and usefulness of university data. In addition to upholding University policies and state/federal law, Data Owners are responsible for identifying the sensitivity and criticality of data.

Data Custodian

Data Custodians have control over a data asset's disposition whether stored, in transit, or during creation. They are usually associated with IT units within the University, and typically have modification or distribution privelages. Because they take such a hands-on role, Custodians carry a significant responsibility to protect data and prevent unauthorized use.

Data Steward

Although they often have custodial responsibilities, Data Stewards are distinguished by having delegated decision-making authority. They may represent Data Owners in policy discussions, architectural discussions, or in decision-making forums.

Data User

Data Users create and control university data, and share responsibility in helping Data Stewards and Custodians manage and protect data. Data Users can consist of any inviduals or University units that create or manage sets of University data.

When University Units (Data Users) create shared data repositories they take on responsibilities as Data Custodians. As such, units must work with Data Stewards to ensure that they understand external regulatory and University policy compliance requirements. In addition to ensuring adequate safety procedures are being upheld, it is the duty of the Data Steward to understand business needs of the University unit and facilitate appropriate access to the required data. Data Owners, managed by the Council of Data Owners, oversee the actions of the Stewards and make sure that the data maintains a level of quality, protection, and effectiveness.

The Council of Data Owners

The Council advises the President and Chancellors that the University is taking appropriate measures to ensure data quality and ensure compliance with relevant regulations and policies. The Council members, appointed by the President and Chancellors, work to resolve conflicts where data overlaps between multiple data owners.

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Employee Information Jill Pollock Kelly Fox Brian Burnett Jeffery Parker
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