Collaborating to tackle Data Governance
Data is being generated, analyzed, and applied in every aspect of our lives – faster than ever before. The handling and management of data impacts everything from finance to healthcare, from education to recreation, and from manufacturing to retailing. We have a tremendous opportunity to leverage and use data better in our society to drive growth and keep Canadians safe.
SCC established the Canadian Data Governance Standardization Collaborative in 2019 to accelerate the development of industry-wide data governance standardization strategies. Canada’s Digital Charter identifies standardization as a tool to support innovation and ensure Canadian companies remain competitive globally.
The Collaborative is a group of 220 Canadians across government, industry, civil society, Indigenous organizations, academia, and standards development organizations. Anil Arora, Chief Statistician of Canada, and Philip Dawson, Senior Policy Counsel, Responsible AI Institute, are co-chairs of the Steering Committee.
The Collaborative spent two years working together to build a standardization Roadmap that will benefit Canadian organizations and citizens. The Canadian Data Governance Standardization Roadmap tackles the challenging questions we face when we talk about standardization and data governance. The Roadmap describes the current and desired Canadian standardization landscape and makes 35 recommendations to address gaps and explore new areas where standards and conformity assessment are needed. The solutions identified in the Roadmap will help build a safer and more secure digital infrastructure founded on quality, trust and ethics.
What is the DGSC’s role?
The DGSC is not tasked with developing standards. Its role is to articulate needs, propose coordinated standardization activity, minimize duplication of effort, and enable stakeholders to focus their resources in this effort. The DGSC's one, overarching task is to accelerate the development of industry-wide data governance standardization strategies that are:
- consistent with stakeholder needs, and
- facilitate the growth of data governance capabilities in line with national and global priorities.
The Collaborative has created four working groups that are looking at issues based on a life-cycle assessment of data governance, from data collection, through access and sharing, and ending with data analytics and commercialization.
For further information or to get involved, please contact: Anneke Olvera, DGSC Secretary, , 613-238-3222 ext. 474.