Did you ever wonder, "What is Australia doing to leverage more effective data governance?" While this may be a random, and extremely specialized thought, it is one worth pondering - right now.
Technology alone will never be enough to manage the vast volume and variety of information created in today’s world, according to the National Archives of Australia.
As reported by Image & Data Manager (IDM), a magazine covering collaboration and information management for Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, the Australian Government is calling for commonwealth agencies to establish a Chief Information Governance Officer (CIGO) role to bring people, technology and processes together.
Under its Digital Continuity 2020 policy, the National Archives recognizes the role of the CIGO as a ‘best practice’ for agencies committed to professional information management. As well as leading information governance across an agency, the role is critical for digital innovation and capability, and for championing the importance of effective information management. According to Australian reports, the target date for agencies to implement the role of CIGO is December 31, 2017.
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Australia's Digital Continuity 2020 Policy plays a key role in supporting the Australian Government's digital transformation initiatives, enabling optimization of government programs and services, information reuse for economic and social benefits and protection of the rights and entitlements of Australians. The policy promotes a consistent approach to information governance across the Australian Government and within individual agencies, applying to government information, data and records, as well as systems, services and processes.
Good On Ya Mate
When it comes to valuing the role of the CIGO, Australia has the right idea.
Information is a business asset that is important across all functions of an enterprise since not only can the information lifecycle cross functions, but each function manages their own information with their own lifecycles. Coordination among departments allows an organization to make effective use of all of its information, regardless of ownership, particularly in this era of Big Data.
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The CIGO brings together the functional areas of information governance such as IT, Legal, Records Management, Privacy, Information Security, and Compliance. These functions often intersect, for example, a born digital record (IT) could be under legal hold (Legal), contain Personally Identifiable Information (PII), and require access for only named users (Information Security).
The CIGO is the person who ensures the facets of information governance across an enterprise are working together to achieve the common goal of gaining value from information while also balancing risk. If these information governance facets are not working together, it can result in data bloat, as well as massive compliance risks, and a silo mentality where a lack of sharing and collaboration will produce costly operational inefficiencies.
So, Australia, 'good on ya mate' you get it!