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What is data governance?

Data plays an increasingly important role in today’s society. Data is used to make (management) decisions, offer novel and effective services and improve people’s lives across all walks of life. 

​However, effective data use can only be achieved through proper data governance. This entails the following: 

  • mapping and grouping of data;

  • estimating the value of data; 

  • tagging data with understandable descriptions, i.e. metadata;

  • continuously measuring and improving data quality;

  • ​managing the lifecycle of data, including the archiving and disposal of data when its value and functions change over time;

  • making data available to potential re-users in a convenient, up-to-date and reliable manner.

Data governance is closely intertwined with the core operations of institutions and their perspectives on data reuse – effective data governance can only be implemented if data owners, stewards and managers have a good understanding of the nuances of both data generation and use!

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