HEDGe: The Higher Education Data Governance community
Last week saw the first conference call for a new community of data governance professionals. This is the brainchild of Sandra Cannon of the University of Rochester and Beth Prince-Bradbury of the Rochester Institute of Technology. As they work at neighbouring institutions, Sandra and Beth found it interesting to compare notes about data governance in their institutions. They found a mixture of common concerns and interesting differences.
Sandra is president of IAssist, which is an existing community organistation for research data in the social sciences. When Sandra and Beth couldn’t find a similar community for administrative data, they decided to create one.
The aim of the community isTo help participants develop data governance skills by employing open communication, collaborative problem solving, and the creation of a collective suite of resources to assist peers with building, maturing and solving data governance challenges in higher education ecosystems.
So far, they have received interest from 167 people from 153 universities in 6 countries. I am representing the University of Edinburgh in this community and hoping to learn from what others are doing in the field. From what I can gather from the first conference call, it seems that there is a wide range of maturity and practice, with no institution doing everything.
The next call will be after the Christmas break, by which time we may also have a Slack channel for conversations. If anyone in the University would like to learn more, please contact me.