David Marco wishes to thank Anne Marie Smith, director of Education at EWSolutions, for her invaluable contribution to this month's column.

Data stewardship is the function that instantiates and controls the execution of a data governance program. Data stewards are those individuals charged with the careful and responsible management of metadata and data entrusted to their care. Stewards are not the owners of the data; they are responsible for ensuring that the data and its metadata are accurate, accessible, usable and current.

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