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Reference and guide to SFIA version 7. Framework status: Current standard.

#31 Data Governance - New skill?: change request accepted

More emphasis on data is required - to reflect current direction of digital transformations.

From Australian Public Sector SFIA Forum:

Debate around informatics and data.  Generally all felt that the existing SFIA skills around data could encompass the needs of informatics but only for those very knowledgeable about the details in each data related skill.

The justification for suggesting additional data related skills is as follows:

  • There is a significant drive for large integration of data and interoperability of systems
  • IT is to a large extent the engine for ensuring that the data can be used and not the driver.
  • The importance of data in terms of what it is, its quality and integrity is often more important then the systems that manage it

As a comparison there are 20 service management skills but only about 5 data skills and the language focuses doesn't reflect the importance of data adn its use.

Attached to Information governance


What we decided


Requirement is to be clearer how "Data governance" is supported by SFIA.

Solution is to refresh the SFIA skill defintions and explain how the SFIA skills support Big Data as a whole.

What we changed

  1. Updates to :

    • Analytics (INAN)

    • Data management (DATM)

    • Enterprise and business architecture (STPL)

    • Solution architecture (ARCH)

    • Database design (DBDS)

    • Database administration (DBAD)

    • Storage management (STMG)

    • Information content publishing (ICPM)

    • Quality management (QUMS). NB Quality standards (QUST) and QUMS have been combined.

    • Quality assurance (QUAS)

  2. Renamed and updated skills

    • Information management (IRMG) renamed to Information governance

    • Data analysis (DTAN) to Data modelling and design

    • IT Governance (GOVN) renamed to Enterprise IT Governance

  3. Potential new skills

    • Data visualisation (VISL)

  4. SFIA Foundation “How to” guide for adoption/application of SFIA for Data / Informatics professionals

  5. Example skills  mapping to generic “Data roles”

    • Data Scientist

    • Data Engineer

    • Data platform architect

    • Ingestion architect

Matthew Burrows says:
Oct 18, 2017 06:42 PM

Please describe what the actual activity is. Importance isn’t really the key factor as SFIA is describing what people actually do. IRMG covers governance of information, so please outline what is missing in these descriptions.

Kate Mckenzie says:
Apr 09, 2018 10:22 AM

Analytics - have read updated version and the one thing that I think is missing is linking it national standards when setting up the policies. Since we are looking to expand and linking with other group there is a strong correlation when undertaking analytics to abide by national standards - especially when publishing results. EG cell size must be greater than 10 for health data. So for areas of governance, management and analytics should also have recognition of the legislation, privacy principles and standards,. HL7 is a messaging standard used internationally and whilst not naming that we should recognise to use the available standards of the country that you are in.