|VI-22.00(A) UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND POLICY ON INSTITUTIONAL DATA MANAGEMENT
(APPROVED BY THE PRESIDENT FEBRUARY 7, 2003)
To establish policy for the management of University Institutional Data (as defined below) and the responsibilities for the protection of those data. This policy does not apply to data created or collected by other institutions of the University System of Maryland when such data reside in systems managed by the University of Maryland, College Park.
The policy will serve to:
Ensure establishment, maintenance and delivery of stable, reliable, and accessible collections of Institutional Data in electronic form for shared access by the University community;
Maximize the value received from Institutional Data by increasing the understanding of Data and their use;
Provide an integrated view of the functions of the University;
Improve direct access to Institutional Data by end-users;
Support the University's strategy to incorporate information technology as an integral part of decision-making, competitive positioning, and delivery of services.
The University of Maryland's Institutional Data, by definition, practice and intent, are University assets. Institutional Data are owned by the University and not by individual persons, units, or departments of the University.
Institutional Data will be safeguarded and protected. As University assets, Institutional Data will be protected from deliberate, unintentional or unauthorized alteration, destruction and/or inappropriate disclosure or use in accordance with established institutional policies and practices and federal and state laws.
Data will be shared based on institutional policies. Institutional Data will be made accessible to all authorized users and systems, as defined in institutional policies.
Data will be managed as an institutional resource. Data organization and structure will be planned on functional and institutional levels. Data usage and data sources will be managed through the data stewardship principles of administering and controlling data quality and standards in support of institutional goals and objectives.
Institutional Data will be defined and identified. Standards will be developed for their representation in the database.
Databases will be developed based on needs of University processes. Data standards and guidelines will be developed to support our institutional processes. These data architectures will drive physical implementation of databases.
The quality of Institutional Data will be actively managed. Explicit criteria for data validity, availability, accessibility, interpretation, and ease of use will be established and promoted. Controls will be established to assure the completeness and validity of the data, and to manage redundancy. Action programs for data quality improvement will be implemented.
Successful management of Institutional Data is critical to the administrative functions of the University. Through active planning, organization, and control of these institutional assets, the University will:
Manage data as a strategic asset to improve the quality of services to faculty, staff and students.
Implement databases that are consistent, reliable and accessible to meet institutional requirements.
Provide data management services that result in the highest quality data to all units to help maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of their processes.
Every University Dean, Department Chair and Director is responsible for implementing and ensuring compliance with the University Institutional Data Management Policy and must initiate corrective action with the proper authorities of the University if it is needed. Responsibilities include:
Communicating this policy to employees.
Establishing specific goals, objectives and action plans to implement the data policy.
Developing plans that guide information system and database development to satisfy both customers and Institutional Data needs.
Actively supporting strong data management through data stewardship.
Making education and training in data management principles available to staff whose jobs require them to access, maintain or use Institutional Data.
Institutional Data: A data element qualifies as Institutional Data if it is:
Relevant to planning, managing, operating, controlling, or auditing administrative functions of an administrative or academic unit of the University; or
Data elements that are used internally by a single department or office will generally not qualify as Institutional Data. While correspondence and other documents (whether in print, electronic or digital formats) may contain Institutional Data subject to this policy, correspondence and documents themselves will generally not qualify as Institutional Data applying the above criteria. Ownership of and access to correspondence and documents created or received by University personnel are governed by the University System of Maryland Policy on Records Management, the University of Maryland Intellectual Property Policy, the Public Information Act of the State of Maryland, the Guidelines for the Acceptable Use of Computing Resources, and other policies and guidelines.
Generally referenced or required for use by more than one organizational unit; or
Included in an official University administrative report; or
Used to derive an element that meets one or more of the criteria above.
Institutional Database: A database the elements of which are used by more than one office or unit for purposes of institutional management, including but not limited to fulfillment of reporting requirements to external entities.
Unit Specific Database: A database the elements of which are pertinent to the work of a single office or unit and used and accessible by individuals within that office or unit.
Employee Specific Database: A database the elements of which are maintained by an individual employee in the scope of that employee's employment and that concern subjects that are outside the scope of employment of other members of the employee's office or unit.