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Maine CDO on Data Governance in a Decentralized State

At the NASCIO conference in San Diego last month, Maine Chief Data Officer Youri Assi Antonin discussed his plans to implement internal data controls and contribute to the digital transformation of the state.

Youri Antonin Maine CDO
Government Technology
As Government Technology has tracked the growth of the chief data officer position over the past few years, one of the main roles that has emerged for this key IT leader is determining policy around how data is shared among government agencies, as well as with the public. Proper governance is essential to ensuring that the right information gets into the hands of those who can use it to improve internal operations and external interactions with citizens.

For Maine CDO Youri Antonin, his state’s decentralized structure can be a stumbling block to handling data in a uniform way, he said last month at the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) annual conference, but that makes creating a strong data policy even more important. This is not unrelated to another of Antonin’s priorities: improving digital transformation that will meet citizen needs as well as internal stakeholders'. 

Lauren Harrison is the managing editor for Government Technology magazine. She has a degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and 15 years’ experience in book and magazine publishing.