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Virginia to undertake statewide survey to develop data governance policy

The state’s chief data officer will develop a data governance policy to streamline data-sharing and protection and address issues such as security and privacy.

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Cities such as Virginia's capital of Richmond will be surveyed to develop the policy
Cities such as Virginia's capital of Richmond will be surveyed to develop the policy

The chief data officer (CDO) for the Commonwealth of Virginia, Carlos Rivero, has announced a survey of cities and counties in Virginia to support the development of a statewide data governance policy.

 

The policy will address issues such as data-sharing, security and privacy and help to create a framework to build smart communities and smart cities.

 

Collaborative venture

 

The CDO is partnering with the Centre for Innovative Technology, leading smart community initiatives for the state, and Smart Cities Council. The policy will seek to streamline data-sharing and protection among 63 executive branch agencies, more than 130 Virginia communities, 20-plus public universities and many other independent Commonwealth-funded entities.

 

The goal is a complete assessment of the current status of data governance throughout the Commonwealth by Q4 2019.

“The Commonwealth of Virginia is a large, complex organisation with diverse stakeholder communities managing data operations at varying maturity levels,” said Rivero. “The ability to engage a broad range of stakeholders in a meaningful and efficient way is paramount to the development of an inclusive data governance framework.”


Ed Albrigo, CEO of CIT, which helps accelerate next-generation technologies throughout the state, said data governance is a critical enabler for the development of smart communities in Virginia. “A comprehensive policy means our communities will be able to rapidly take advantage of a wide variety of data resources at the local, state and national level without having to reinvent data-sharing agreements or difficult policies around data privacy and security,” he said.

“The Commonwealth of Virginia is a large, complex organisation with diverse stakeholder communities managing data operations at varying maturity levels”

The Smart Cities Council will use Activator, its online collaborative platform, to connect survey results to a wide range of best practices and lessons learned from data governance efforts across the globe.

“The Council’s Smart Cities Activator was developed after five years of intense collaboration with cities worldwide,” said Philip Bane, CEO Smart Cities Council. “It provides an online collaboration platform where cities can discover the ‘facts on the ground’ and then use those facts to inform collaboration and project planning.

 

City and county representatives interested in participating in this process should email [email protected].

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