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A data steward is data management role being a subject expert with a thorough understanding of a particular data set. [4]


A good data steward must have the ability to see beyond silos and implement rules and processes for the data under their care [10]. Data stewards do not own the data but they will assist a data owner in implementing the data governance policies [3][4][5].

Data Stewards represent the interests of all business stakeholders and is seen as a business role [1].

The data steward is the go-to guy at a company for every matter related to their data. They are completely hands-on to how the organization captures data, where they store it, what it means for different departments, and how its quality is maintained throughout its lifecycle [6].

Data stewards are responsible for: [2]

  • Overseeing the complete data lifecycle – from data creation and capture, to data processing, storage, and usage.
  • Understanding the meaning of data, at a high-level, as well as down to specifics, such as the meaning of the data stored in fields across datasets.
  • Helping co-workers to use data as a competitive advantage and making them data literate.
  • Choosing metrics for data quality measurement, depending on the nature of organizational data.
  • Monitoring data quality, fixing issues that may arise, and implementing data quality improvement plans.


Data steward is an instance of a data management role


[1] DAMA (2017). DAMA-DMBOK. Data Management Body of Knowledge. 2nd Edition. Technics PublicationsLlc. August 2017.

[2] Ziad, Z. (2022, 23 februari). Building a Data Quality Team: Roles and Responsibilities to Consider. Data Ladder. Geraadpleegd op 3 juli 2022, van

[3] Greefhorst, D. (z.d.). Aan de slag met datakwaliteit - Een praktische handreiking. ArchiXL.

[4] Herzberg, B. (2021, 11 november). The Datamasters: Data Owners vs. Data Stewards vs. Data Custodians. Satori. Geraadpleegd op 1 juli 2022, van

[5] Askham, N. (2021b, augustus 13). What you need to know about Data Governance roles and responsibilities. LinedIn. Geraadpleegd op 4 juli 2022, van

[6] Burge, N. (2022, 9 januari). The Ultimate Guide To Mastering Data Ownership and Data Stewardship - Cognopia. Cognopia.

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