Data is one of the most important assets in a corporation. In order for data to have value, it must be delivered quickly in the proper format, be concise, accurate and, most importantly, understood. The meta data repository has become the key enabling technology that has allowed corporations to manage their meta data (knowledge about their data). Keep in mind that the technology (a meta data repository) is just one part of the knowledge management equation. The other part is business ownership and active participation. These factors are dependent on the people responsible for the data to define and manage that information (meta data). As a result, the role of the data steward has grown considerably.

In this series of columns, I will present the data stewardship framework. Having had the opportunity to form several data stewardship organizations, I can attest that no two data stewardship groups are exactly the same. As a result, this column is meant to provide guidelines for group formation. This framework is designed to provide corporations and government entities with the strategies and guidelines necessary to implement a highly successful data stewardship organization.

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