Last month's column introduced the concept of data certification and three levels of certification: the bronze level, which certifies correct processing by the data warehousing environment; silver level, which extends the certification to include all systems; and gold level, which extends the certification to include the business processes. Executives and business users can fully rely on gold-level data. This month we will explore the data quality certification oversight committee.

The major responsibilities of the data quality certification oversight committee are to determine the data that requires certification, establish and oversee certification processes, ensure that appropriate actions are taken to address quality issues and promote the data quality certification program. The oversight body needs to include people with the appropriate skills and the recognized authority to carry out these responsibilities. Members should include the chief information officer (who is ultimately responsible for managing the corporate asset of data), a representative from the legal or auditing department (who understands the regulatory, security and privacy requirements) and representatives from the major business groups.

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