The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) today announced the release of its new issue brief Data Governance Part I -- An Introduction.

This issue brief is part of NASCIO's series on Enterprise Governance and presents an overview of this very broad subject. Data governance is presented as an operating discipline that must ultimately encompass all types of electronic data, information and knowledge as enterprise assets that must be well managed in order to enable government to deliver positive citizen outcomes. The governance challenge was ranked as one of the top ten priorities of state CIOs in a survey of the states conducted in October 2007.

"State CIOs devote a lot of resources to effective data governance because of the growing interdependence across various information systems," said Utah CIO Stephen Fletcher, co-chair of NASCIO's Enterprise Architecture Committee. "Effective governance cannot be sustained without involving the proper stakeholders. State government has a substantial investment in data resources that impact the quality of services provided to the taxpayer. This investment requires broad enterprise management capabilities by leveraging an agile organization, good business processes, and tools that support your efforts."

"We recognize the need for more sharing of ideas across the states relative to enterprise governance," said Iowa CIO John Gillispie, President of NASCIO. "Our series on enterprise governance will touch on a number of topics and will present examples from states that have implemented successful governance programs. Data governance entails a universe of concepts, principles, and tools intended to enable appropriate management and use of the state's investment in information. In our Part I on data governance we present an introduction that describes the basic concepts. In future reports we'll address frameworks and process. Governance, and particularly data governance, is an evolutionary process. We need to start with understanding the current investment and then manage that investment toward greater value for the state. We are very appreciative of the contributions we received from our state and corporate members in developing this series."