Today sees the launch of a new vendor-neutral online community and resource centre called GovernYourData.com, which claims to be the industry's first one-stop-shop for data governance.
Sponsored by data integration software firm Informatica, GovernYourData.com combines industry best practices and tips, free self-service data governance tools and third-party content including whitepapers, research reports and blogs.
Resources include a Business Opportunity Prioritisation Assessment tool, which delivers the initial framework for a governance initiative and helps organisations decide where best to spend their money, and a Data Governance Maturity Assessment tool.
GovernYourData.com also provides event listings submitted by parties from across the industry, links to additional sites providing useful information resources, book and analyst research recommendations and a data governance Twitter feed tracker.
"So many data governance initiatives fail because they are over-scoped and overly dependent on expensive consulting services just to get started and build necessary momentum," said Rob Karel, vice president of product strategy at Informatica.
"By enabling peer-to-peer engagement and free access to practical tools, resources and expert advice, GovernYourData.com will help enterprises take a more pragmatic and ultimately more successful approach to data governance enterprise wide."
Anne-Marie Smith, principal consultant with Alabama Yankee Systems and DAMA International board member, added that data governance is critical to every organisation, and while other data governance sites exist, none offer the openness and scope of GovernYourData.com.
"I applaud the site's vision of propagating data governance best practices, reducing a data governance initiative's cost and risk, and helping to increase project return-on-investment through open access to tools, expert opinions and current information," she said.
Current contributors include Jim Harris, independent consultant and "Blogger-in-Chief" of the Obsessive-Compulsive Data Quality Blog, Richard Northwood, data quality and data management blogger for Musings of a Data Geek, and Sunil Soares, founder and managing partner at Information Asset, LLC, who was formerly director of information governance at IBM.
"It is great to have a content-rich data governance site that extends beyond the views and customers of a single solution provider, and that is free of vendor- and product-specific content," said Sunil Soares.
"In maintaining vendor-neutrality while consolidating the tools and information required to power data governance success, GovernYourData.com has all the makings of a 'go-to' industry resource."