Governance Architecture: Without a fundamental knowledge of the sources and uses of data within an organization, data governance is like husk of an empty shell. If you don’t understand what you are governing it won’t matter how many governing bodies, structure, policies, and procedures you apply to the problem.
The MetaGovernance framework uses taxonomy of business terms to determine subject areas. Linkage between subject areas and stakeholders (governance roles) is established. Stakeholders identify the sources (data bases, spreadsheets, etc.) and uses (reports, spreadsheets, etc.) of their information. This research and re-definition of subject area groupings frequently leads to unexpected insights about the true state of an organization’s information assets.
MetaGovernance views these definitions and relationships as the fundamental building blocks of the governance architecture. From these core building blocks additional relationships can be mapped to business structures such as processes, capabilities, and policies as well as to technical / risk factors such as applications, security rules, and retention requirements.
With these definitions and linkages, the organization has a mapping of their information governance architecture across many domains of the overall enterprise architecture.