Data Stewardship is performed by data stewards.
What is a Data Steward?
A steward may in a general sense be:
- One employed in a large household or estate to manage domestic concerns – typically an old role.
- An employee on a ship, airplane, bus, or train who attends passengers needs – typically a new role.
My guess is that data stewardship also will tend to be going from the first kind of role related to data to the latter kind role related to data.
The current data steward role is predominately seen as the oversight of the house-holding related to the internal enterprise data assets. It’s about keeping everything there clean and tidy. It involves having routines and rules that ensure that things with data are done properly according to the traditions and culture in the enterprise.
Big Data Stewardship
In the future enterprises will rely much more on external data. Exploiting third party reference data and open government data and digging into big data sources as social data and sensor data will shift the focus from looking mostly into keeping the internal data fit for purposes.
As such you as a data steward will become more like the steward on a ship, airplane, bus or train. Data will come and go. After a nice welcoming smile you will have to carefully explain about the safety procedures. Some data will be fairly easy to handle – mostly just spending the time sleeping. Other data will be demanding asking for this and that and changing its mind shortly after. Some data will be a frequent traveler and some data will be there for the first time.
So, are you ready to attend the next batch of travelling data on board your enterprise?