Decision Support

Data Management Policies, Procedures, and Guidelines

The Data Management Committee (DMC) was formed at the University of Washington to provide a consistent approach to the governance of data, metadata, and the information base of business processes. The DMC works to develop:

  • Clear and commonly-used structures, models, definitions, and processes to support coordination and collaboration, effective decision-support, and efficient operations University-wide
  • Guidance and recommendations concerning institutional data related to expanding access, improving quality, strategic planning, assuring security, and business performance management.

These data stewardship responsibilities are the charge of the Data Management Committee. The scope of this charge is inclusive of all three campuses, remote sites, the hospitals and all academic support (fee-based) units.

The following tasks are part of the responsibility of the DMC:

  1. Review and document business processes, data definitions, data dictionaries, data warehouse elements and uses, and business intelligence tools.
  2. Recommend University-wide standards for data administration aspects of business processes, data definitions, data dictionaries, data warehouse elements and uses, and business intelligence tools to the Vice Provost for Information Management/CIO.
  3. Adopt, communicate and oversee implementation of University-wide standards for data administration aspects of business processes, data definitions, data dictionaries, data warehouse elements and uses, and business intelligence tools.
  4. Engage in priority setting and policy setting as related to the above.
  5. Recommend and coordinate structures and sub-committees (e.g., the Access and Roles User Group) necessary to accomplish the charge and related tasks outlined above.

The Data Management Committee is involved in creating data management, access, and usage policies, and it supports existing UW policies involving information security and retention. Please visit the DMC's Policies, Standards, Procedures and Guidelines page for more information.