Data governance is the specification of decision rights and an accountability framework to ensure appropriate behavior in the valuation, creation, storage, access, use, archiving and deletion of authoritative data assets.

In NYU's decentralized environment, a business question may receive responses from a number of independent sources. A coherent message requires considerable effort. Authoritative Institutional Data Assets (AIDA) proposes continuity and consistency in messaging through its architecture. With AIDA, the University can maintain an authoritative, governed, trusted, shared, and reusable set of data, including master and reference data assets.

In short: AIDA streamlines requests for data by making sure everyone at the University has access to and is accessing the same authoritative data.

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Who Can Benefit from AIDA

Data Domain Trustees: "What are we trying to accomplish?"
Senior managers in operational areas responsible for maintaining the content of transactional systems. They implement policy, assign Data Stewards, and serve as the first escalation point for problem/policy resolution from the Data Stewards.

Data Stewards: "Well, that depends…"
Typically operational managers responsible for managing business processes and establishing the business rules for the transaction system(s). Centrally, stewards tend to have in-depth knowledge in a functional area (student affairs, HR, hierarchy).

School Stewards: "At our school, we report that slightly differently because..."
Advise Data Stewards on school-based data and issues. Schools designate their representative School Stewards to support the University’s Data Governance activities as needed.

Subject Matter Experts (SME): "One other thing you may want to consider..."
An authority in a particular area or topic with a deep understanding of a particular process or organizational function. In the context of NYU, Fiscal Officers and Human Resource Officers would be considered SMEs.

Data Custodians: "What is the most efficient way to do this?"
Information technology experts assigned to each transactional and reporting system maintaining administrative data. They oversee activities required to keep data secure, intact and available based on data stewards’ requirements.

Product Owners: "Is this going to meet the client’s need for…"
Specialists for a particular application or tool who serve as a liaison between the end user and developers to ensure that the product meets the client’s needs.

Application Developers: "How can we enhance the user experience?"
Responsible for designing, developing and managing enterprise applications. In the context of data management, application developers build tools such as APIs to optimize the flow of data.

Business Intelligence (BI) Developers: "What story are we trying to tell?"
Responsible for presenting information to end users through reports and visualization.

All NYU Employees: "How can I find...?"
The consumer role can vary significantly from someone with a “Data Analyst” title to a person in another role for which data analysis is one job function. This person relies on trusted data to perform their day to day job.

NYU Business Glossary

The Business Glossary defines words, phrases, and acronyms to ensure we’re in agreement about their meaning across NYU. Whether you are new to the University and don’t understand what all the jargon you are hearing means, or if you’re an experienced data reporter but need to confirm what a field means, the Business Glossary will help you navigate NYU's complex terminology.

Collibra: Tying It All Together

The Collibra dashboard is the window into NYU's unified data and terminology environment.  

About Data Governance Support

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  • For detailed information on data governance at NYU, see the Data Governance section of the NYU website.