Information Governance is BORING, but it is also essential. Nobody wants to talk about it except when it doesn’t work, then everyone is screaming about it.
Information Governance is, for those of you new to the concept, “… the overarching strategy and tactics that connects together all of the diverse disciplines that leverage organizational information. Information Governance is the bridge between Records Management and Data Science, between Process and Policy, between collaboration and security. Information Governance is the umbrella that covers all organizational information. Information Governance balances the value of information with the risk that information poses; it determines the people, the resources, the processes, the functions, the organization, and the technology requirements of organizational information” (InfoGov18).
The practical reality is that information governance ensures that information is secure, people who do not need access to salary information do not have access and metadata is managed. These are a few of the things that come into play, but the ones that are the most visible.
IT has the most to go with information governance, but KM/CM and IT need to work in partnership. Information professionals have the expertise to manage a taxonomy where IT can set up an active directory more quickly and easily than an information professional.
In my content/knowledge management plans information governance is a key enabler of the Process section of my plan.