Panel Discussion: Metadata Governance Conundrum
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  Ron Klein   Ron Klein
Global Data Governance Leader
Klein Admonition
  Peter Benson   Peter R. Benson
Founding and Executive Director
  Danette McGilvray   Danette McGilvray
President and Principal Consultant
Granite Falls Consulting Inc.
  Seth Earley   Seth Earley
Earley Information Science
  David Plotkin   David N Plotkin
Data Governance Manager
Wells Fargo


Tuesday, April 29, 2014
01:15 PM - 02:00 PM

Level:  Business/Strategic

Watch these professionals duel on their positions regarding metadata governance.

  • How much time and effort do I need to expend to ensure we are properly managing our metadata?
  • Is there a distinction between metadata governance and information governance?
  • Who is considering metadata as confidential information?
  • Do you think metadata about your personal information needs to be private?
  • After all, could we just ignore the need to govern metadata? And what about Big Data?
  • If these questions resonate with you, then you must attend this expert panel!

Dr. Ron Klein plays a leading role in enabling organizations to leverage the value of information assets by providing governance, data quality and the facilities to determine what information is available, it's meaning, where it is, how it got there and how to use the information asset. As Global Content Governance and Metadata Leader for KPMG he provided guidelines and standards for all participant firms, functions and markets. He consults, promotes and raises awareness regarding information sharing, reuse and information best practices. He is the 2007 Wilshire Metadata Best Practices Award Winner as lead Metadata practitioner at BMO Financial Group. Dr. Klein has been working with metadata since early Decision Support Systems and Data Warehouse projects. He is an excellent communicator and has taught data modeling and data management courses through Ryerson University and speaks regularly at international industry events, DAMA functions and Metadata Conferences.

Mr. Peter Richard Benson is the Founding and Executive Director of the Electronic Commerce Code Management Association (ECCMA). The international association was founded in 1999 to develop and promote the implementation of co-operative solutions for the unambiguous exchange of information. Peter has enjoyed a long career in data driven systems starting with early work on debugging Vulcan the precursor of what became dBase, one of the early relational database applications designed for the personal computer market. Peter went on to design WordStar Messenger, one of the very first commercial electronic mail software applications which included automated high to low bit conversion to allow eight bit word-processing formatting codes to pass through the early seven bit UNIX email systems. Peter received a British patent in 1992 covering the use of automated email to update distributed databases. From 1994 to 1998 Peter chaired the ANSI committee responsible for the development of EDI standards for product data (ASC X12E). Peter was responsible for the design; development and global promotion of the UNSPSC as an international commodity classification for spend analysis and procurement. Most recently, in pursuit of a faster, better and lower cost method for obtaining and validating master data, Peter designed and oversaw the development of the eOTD, eDRR and eGOR as open registries of terminology, data requirements and organizations mirrored on the NATO cataloging system. Peter is also the project leader for ISO 8000 (data quality) and ISO 22745 (open technical dictionaries).

Danette McGilvray is president and principal of Granite Falls Consulting, Inc., a firm that helps organizations increase their success by addressing the information quality and data governance aspects of their business efforts. Focusing on bottom-line results, Danette helps organizations enhance the value of their information assets by naturally incorporating information quality management into the business. She also emphasizes communication and the human aspect of information quality and governance. Danette is the author of Executing Data Quality Projects: Ten Steps to Quality Data and Trusted Information™ (Morgan Kaufmann, 2008). An internationally respected expert, her Ten Steps™ approach to information quality has been embraced as a proven method for both understanding and creating information and data quality in the enterprise. The Chinese-language edition is available and her book is used as a textbook in university graduate programs. She has contributed articles to various industry journals and newsletters and has been profiled in PC Week and HP Measure Magazine. She was an invited delegate to the People's Republic of China to discuss roles and opportunities for women in the computer field.

Seth Earley is CEO of Earley Information Science, an information management strategy consulting firm. Seth also serves as Editor, Data Analytics, for IT Professional Magazine from the IEEE and serves on the Editorial Board of Applied Marketing Analytics (AMA), a peer reviewed journal by Henry Stewart Publications. His interests include Knowledge Strategy, Data and Information Architecture, Search-based Applications and Information Findability solutions. Seth conducts workshops for senior leadership around aligning information management strategy with measurable business outcomes and develops information governance programs for clients in healthcare, technology, manufacturing, insurance, retail, pharmaceutical and financial services industries. He has worked with a diverse roster of Fortune 1000 companies helping them to achieve higher levels of operating performance by making information more findable, usable and valuable through integrated enterprise architectures supporting analytics, e-commerce and customer experience applications.

David Plotkin is the Global Head of Data Stewardship for a large insurance company, working in Enterprise Data Solutions. He is responsible for rolling out data stewardship as part of an overall Data Governance and Data Management effort. This includes creating a stewardship strategy, training, and leading the stewardship community, as well as specifying the requirements for the data stewardship tool suite (Collibra and IBM). He has previously been a consultant for EMC, working on data quality, data governance and master data management engagements at client companies. He has also previously managed Data Governance at an insurance company and managed data quality at two large banks. He has been working with data governance, data modeling, metadata and data quality for over 25 years. He is a popular speaker at DAMA chapters and conferences, and serves as a subject matter expert on many topics around metadata, data governance, and data quality.

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