Enabling Data Discovery and Analytics
through Curation in a Federated Environment
Kathy Rondon, COO at Reports & Requirements Company
Small organizations with complete authority and control over their business and mission data benefit greatly from a centralized data repository with consistent metadata standards across their organization. But what about large organizations or communities of interest where such centralization is neither practical, or really, desired? In a federated data environment, the rigorous and ongoing curation of contextual metadata--for the discovery of data and its appropriate retrieval and use in data analytics--is essential. It is not often done, however, because it requires bridging the gap between technical and business users and a skill set not often found or cultivated. In this presentation you will learn:
- How a federated architecture (based on the Open Archival Information System--OAIS) can benefit large communities of interest and geographically and organizationally dispersed data users.
- How such a federated environment can only succeed with the definition and ongoing documentation of contextual metadata by professionals trained and dedicated to the task.
- The preferred skill set of a data curator and how to cultivate curation excellence in your organization.
Kathy Rondon has worked as a government employee and contractor in information management and data governance for over twenty years. Most of her career has focused on the proper handling, classifications, controls, and clearance of national security data, and she has recently applied this expertise to designing and delivering enterprise level training on data governance of classified information. She is currently the Chief Operating Officer for The Reports & Requirements Company LLC, which provides innovative operations and data sharing solutions to US government clients on sensitive data collections. Ms. Rondon holds Mastery Level Data Governance and Stewardship Professional (DGSP) certification.