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In the same week I was pinged by a reader asking us where we stood on "information governance" I answered a post on the same question in LinkedIn that asked about the "emergence of information governance" and "how is it different from data governance?"

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Comments (12)
If data governance and information governance is so important how we didn't have "document governance", "file cabinet governance" or "gossip governance" (the precursor to blogs, twitters and Facebook.

The term data governance and now information governance is a pretentious, opaque and meaningless term just like its predecessor, corporate governance.

It's a term that is used to hide the fact that managing data and preventing fraud is a difficult task. The term governance implies the softer side of management. It appeals to our democratic spirit. It sounds so much better than; "data rules and regulations" or "data dictatorship".

At this point spending time discussing the meaning of the term is a waste of effort. Let's get back to data management and leave the existential meanings to philosophers. .

Posted by Richard O | Monday, July 18 2011 at 11:20AM ET
@Keep it Simple

Besides what's said above, I think you're really missing the point of data governance, which in no way is opaque or meaningless. Have a look at the DAMA dictionary or elsewhere for some very clear explanation. Without policies, data definition access,update rights and ownership an organization can never be compliant or agree on what data means or what it identifies (aka, what is a customer?). Governance is data quality, process efficiency and much more. In the absence of governance you can argue that whoever manages data is already setting policy in the company. Or, if everyone follows there own policy, data can never be reconciled, questions can never be answered with accuracy and silos of people and processes proliferate and degade the data further. Data management and information management are practices unto themselves and serve a different purpose.

Jim E.

Posted by James E | Monday, July 18 2011 at 11:39AM ET
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