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As I’ve been creating articles, LinkedIn posts and podcast episodes, I’ve realised that Iron Carrot has a lot of checklists, guides, templates, and cheat sheets that can help you with data governance.

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Definitions: Data Governance and Data Management

One of the most common misconceptions is that data management and data governance are synonyms. They are two separate but interrelated disciplines.

It is helpful to write definitions of data management and data governance using language that resonates with your stakeholders. Since it’s always easier to get comments on a draft rather than input to a blank page, here are some draft definitions to get you started.

Data Owner Accountabilities Checklist

Data Owners are the cornerstones of data governance activities and identifying your data owners is a foundational data governance activity. Every firm will have different expectations of data owners, so it’s important to clearly set out the accountabilities for this group of people.

This checklist will guide you through twelve things to think about when defining and labelling this pivotal role.

How to Identify Documentation Gaps

Some key documents need to be created and maintained to enable you to exploit data as an asset properly. Use this grid to help you figure out what you do and don’t have.