Shedding light on Dark Data with Information Governance


Light Bulb on Dark DataGartner defines dark data as the information assets organizations collect, process and store during regular business activities, but generally fail to use for other purposes.  Fellow 1CloudRoad blogger, Luigi Tiano poses an interesting question on realizing value from dark data. Is the value in the dark data we don’t know about, or rather the mechanism, processes and procedures to effectively ignore the Dark Data in and “outside” your data center? Checkout DT3566 – Information governance session at the HP Discover conference that discusses “How your business creates, gathers, uses, and analyzes data should guide how and where your information assets are stored, protected, secured, preserved—and finally—disposed.” Makes me wonder if Information Governance is different from Data Governance and if it can shed more light on Dark Data.

Information Governance builds on top of Data Governance

The New Style of IT requires enterprises give due attention to Information Governance on top of existing Data Governance.

  • What is it? Data Governance ensures that the right corporate data is available to the right people, at the right time, in the right format, with the right context, through the right channels. Information Governance is about ensuring the same for the knowledge gathered from this data.
  • Why is it needed? New Style of IT is triggering newer styles of Data Science, requiring a New Style of Leadership. Data Governance is about controlling and understanding the fundamental elements of data, and effectively processing it to generate information. Computers can never be Data Scientists. There is an artistic element to coalescing the right data elements to realize the Big Picture. Hence, Information Governance.
  • When should it be exercised? Data Governance kicks in when the data enters the enterprise and continues across the lifecycle, as it is processed and consumed, until it is archived and/or purged. Information Governance exercises the proper controls around the information generated across the lifecycle.
  • Where does it apply? It applies pan-enterprise for all the processes executed. Data Governance has a key role to play at the point of storage while Information Governance has a key role to play at the point of presentation. Have the right data elements been brought together – checkout how Little Data can change the overall User Experience with relevant information driven by proper governance.
  • Who does it apply to? Both Data Governance and Information Governance apply to all applicable consumers, generators and stewards of data and information across the enterprise. However, the stakeholders for the information could be different from the stakeholders for the constituent data.
  • How is it applied? Data Governance must be exercised at the enterprise level, with federated governance to individual business units and data domains. Information Governance is better addressed at the enterprise level since information is usually generated from a diverse array of data sources.

What do you know about Dark Data in your enterprise? Without Information Governance, you may not even know it is out there!

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