NASCIO Issues Better Decisions, Better Government Through Effective Data Management


The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) today released the second in its series focused on data management. NASCIO has published briefs in the past on data governance, implications on data management within cloud services, records management, open data and analytics. This is a new series focused on the basics of data management. The first brief dealt with making the case for data management. This second in the series presents how to get started. 

Recognizing the importance of data management in state government, NASCIO established its Data Management Working Group under the auspices of the NASCIO Enterprise Architecture and Governance Committee. There is a reason for this positioning. Given NASCIO’s comprehensive definition of enterprise architecture, NASCIO places data management and data architecture in a critical and strategic position within the state government enterprise. 

“Data management is the foundational discipline for ongoing operations with state government. Data and information assets are essential to virtually every operation and every decision within state government. From analyzing health data to determine the effectiveness of programs to evaluating road conditions across the state,” said Stu Davis, chief information officer, state of Ohio, and chair of the NASCIO Data Management Working Group. “We have to get better at leveraging our state government data and information assets in decision making at both the strategic and operational levels.”

“The portfolio of data and information assets are growing and will continue to grow at an exponential rate,” said NASCIO Executive Director Doug Robinson. “We have to be able to manage what we have in state government and position ourselves to properly manage the current and anticipated growth in the generation of data from burgeoning technologies such as the Internet of Things.”

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