Information and Data Governance

The Information and Data Governance program at ANU is established to appropriately manage the institutional information and data asset of the ANU. The program aligns with the ANU values and strategic missions, as well as the University Digital Master Plan.

The University Data Working Group (DWG) is responsible for ensuring operational implementation and ongoing management of the Information and Data Governance policies and procedures to maximise the values of the University information and data asset. The DWG reports to the Digital & Data Strategy Committee (DDSC) as a part of the University wide Technology Governance Framework

What is Information and Data Governance? 

Information and Data Governance (IDG) is a system for ANU to control and effectively manage its institutional information assets to maximise values and minimise unwanted risks. At ANU, IDG is a collaborative project between many of the University core business units, including Planning and Service Performance, Scholarly Information Services, Information Security Office and Information Technology Services

Data Governance Roles and Responsibilities

Data Governance Roles and Responsibilities pyramid

What are the benefits of Information and Data Governance? 

  • Transparent decision making that is aligned with the ANU Strategic Plan – keeping everyone on the same page and in sync with the strategic goals
  • Ability to prioritise what is strategic and important, even as we face constant change – monitoring of student experience data to ensure we are providing a student experience equal to the world’s best
  • Increased confidence in ANU data – receive the information you need, as you need it
  • Meeting our compliance and regulatory goals – protecting privacy and sensitive information
  • Enhancing data quality and system integration – less workarounds and less time waste to correct the data
  • Creating better structures for timely retrieval and retention of data – our data can be used to its fullest potential 
  • Having clear responsibilities for data and data management speeds up the implementation of projects – so we can continue to deliver our national missions and meet our unique responsibilities

ANU Information and Data Governance Model 

Guided by our values of Academic freedom and integrity; Truth-seeking, transparency and accountability; and Respectful collegiality, Information and Data Governance at ANU focuses on 6 following areas:

  • Governance roles and responsibilities 
  • Information and Data classification and security
  • Information and Data lifecycle management
  • Information and Data quality management 
  • Data access 
  • Technologies, systems and tools

ANU thematic pillars for information and data governance

3 thematic pillars: Education, research and corporate

In reflecting on the ANU Mission, thematic pillars for data governance specific to the university have been developed. They equally share: commonalties, inter-dependencies and stand-alone characteristics that have allowed for the development of differentiated action plans.

More information about each of the thematic pillars can be found here