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Enterprise Information Stewardship

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Enterprise Information Stewardship

Enterprise Information Stewardship is a framework in which key information resources are managed in a way similar to other university resources, with care and intention.

Information usefulness

Information usefulness rests on the foundation of data reliability and security.

By making data available in the form, timeline, and location needed, information and knowledge can be created.

Information reliability

Data reliability requires a cross-subject-matter collaborative approach to stewardship, one that identifies subject-matter systems of record and fosters coherence through system integration.

To support this, an overall view is needed of the university data resources embodied in an enterprise data model.

At a more detailed level, data elements and groupings have life cycles, and varying contexts in which they are used or updated.

Each data element and grouping needs a clear, accessible and agreed-upon definition, as well as consistent, coherent business rules for collection, entry, maintenance, and use.

Information security

Data must be physically, technically, and logically secure to protect privacy of data subjects and to assure data accuracy and availability.

Such security includes policies and procedures to ensure that sensitive data access is on a need-to-know basis.


Enterprise Information Stewardship is comprised of:

  • Information usefulness
  • Information reliability
  • Information security

Institutional Data Policy

Michigan State University's Institutional Data Policy took effect on January 1, 2011, for the purpose of:

  • Protecting the security and integrity of Michigan State University’s institutional data.
  • Establishing minimum requirements for the appropriate stewardship of institutional data.

Mitigating the risk of unauthorized exposure and protecting the university’s information assets is the responsibility of every member of the MSU community.