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Data Owners

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A data owner takes overall responsibility ownership and authority for a set of business data usually in their area of business expertise. This responsibility may take one of several forms:

  • Managerial
  • Legal
  • Financial
  • Regulatory

While opinions on the topic vary, the MIKE2.0 framework contends that data is not owned by the IT department. Rather, the lines of business (LOBs) own the data for one simple reason: they ultimately use the data to generate revenue, create shareholder value, and the like.


Data owner roles typically include:

  • Overall responsibility for the maintenance and quality of the data.
  • Controlling and granting access to users and other governance determination. Note that, depending on the system or application, this role may be performed in conjunction with IT personnel.
  • Determining what data should be captured--e.g., requirements, how it is available, and how it will be used.
  • Acting as a subject matter expert (SME) as needed.
  • Approving data standards, definitions for Key Data Elements, business rules, and data quality rules in their area of responsibility.
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