Data Governance and Pornography

December 5, 2008
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It’s happened again. I’ve had yet another conversation with a data stakeholder in which I tried to get this person to describe what the right amount of Data Governance and Stewardship would look like.

How much is enough governance? How much is too much? Where should governance be applied? What areas should it stay away from? What would “perfect” Data Governance do for you? How would it make your life better? How would you prefer that the program

It’s happened again. I’ve had yet another conversation with a data stakeholder in which I tried to get this person to describe what the right amount of Data Governance and Stewardship would look like.

How much is enough governance? How much is too much? Where should governance be applied? What areas should it stay away from? What would “perfect” Data Governance do for you? How would it make your life better? How would you prefer that the program be defined?

Once again, another data stakeholder couldn’t describe what they wanted. Once again, the conclusion was that they’d “know it when they saw it.”

And once again, I was reminded of the late Potter Stewart, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, who is possibly best known for his opinion in an obscenity case where he acknowledged that hard-core pornography was hard to define, but that “I know it when I see it.”

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