Data Governance at Northern Kentucky University
Data Governance is the discipline of formally managing data as an institutional asset. This discipline embodies elements of data quality, data management, data policies, business processes, risk management, and personnel ... all crucial in achieving institutional success and excellence.
Data Governance Committee Charge:
Given the university’s desire to be a data-informed institution, NKU must take a more strategic view of its institutional data. The purpose of the Data Governance Committee is to recommend and oversee the implementation and management of a formal data governance program that functions across the enterprise. This will entail an agreed upon common set of policies, standards, methodologies and processes enacted to safeguard that institutional data is managed in such a way that the interests of the university and individuals are addressed in a fair, legal and appropriate manner. It will also necessitate plans to communicate and execute these procedures. Education of campus constituents will play an important role in success of these efforts
Strategic Plan Goal 5
Strengthen the capacity of the University to fulfill it’s mission and achieve it’s vision by providing technology that supports effectiveness and innovation across campus to "improve administrative systems and data governance".
Northern Kentucky University’s Data Dictionary/Report Repository is an online tool available to assist users with general data warehouse reporting terminology. The "Reports Repository" menu tab provides a listing of the report inventory that is made available to the campus. The "Data Dictionary" menu tab provides definitional content about the fields found on the reports listed on the "Reports Repository" menu tab. Both the "Data Dictionary" and "Reports Repository" menu tabs feature how-to documentation to assist in using this application tool.
Northern Kentucky University’s Data Asset Inventory Center is an online tool used to capture, categorize and document specific attributes about university data. Having all university academic and administrative data centrally documented allows the Data Governance Committee a means to quickly view what systems are managed under the umbrella of data governance as well as other relevant information such as disaster recovery, security, hosting location, etc.
The purpose of this policy is to protect Northern Kentucky University’s information resources from accidental or intentional unauthorized access, modification, or damage, while also preserving the open information sharing requirements of its academic culture.
Sample of applicable laws and policies:
KRS Chapter 365
Information Security Incident Response
Additional data governance policies are being developed.
Data quality is the management, process, and measurement of information's fitness to serve its purpose in a given context. Aspects of data quality encompass:
Data quality is crucial to operational and transactional processes and the reliability of business analytics (BA) and business intelligence (BI) reporting. Data quality is affected by the way data are entered, stored, accessed, and managed.