I'm not a really a "word" guy. I do not sit around thinking about the nuances in the definitions of words, and I do not usually enter into semantic discussions. I think function is more important than nomenclature. Nonetheless, there should be a common, agreed upon language - a system of classification and identification if you will - to have a fruitful discussion on any topic.In my experience, data governance is no exception. It is a broad topic with significant importance for any company trying to manage its data effectively to monitor and manage business performance and sustain regulatory compliance. However, setting up a smoothly functioning data governance organization (DGO) can often be crippled by problems with defining its myriad roles and responsibilities.

Therefore, even though I don't usually engage in semantic debates, I am going to throw in my two cents' worth. I will start with my informal, working definition of data governance: data governance is the process by which a company manages the quality, consistency, usability, security and availability of its data.

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