In part 1, data governance was defined as a process and structure for formally managing information as a resource. Data governance ensures the appropriate people representing business processes, data and technology are involved in the decisions that affect them. Data governance supplies the structure, roles and processes that provide venues for interaction and communication paths for gathering appropriate input, making decisions, identifying and resolving issues, escalating when necessary, implementing changes and communicating actions. Data stewardship is an approach to data governance that formalizes accountability for managing information resources on behalf of others and for the best interests of the organization. I covered the need for data governance because of changes in business requirements for integrating information across the company. The problem is that our applications and business needs for information are integrated, but our behavior has not changed to work effectively in this world. That is where data governance and stewardship comes in. Part 2 continues with a look at structure, roles and responsibilities.

The data steward's role. This role called "data steward" is used casually and in a way that assumes everyone has the same meaning for it. A few months ago, I attended a conference session on data governance. Following are a few of the comments from the audience and panel members in response to the question, What is a data steward's role?

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