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Data management DATM

The management of practices and processes to ensure the security, integrity, safety and availability of all forms of data and data structures that make up the organisation’s information. The management of data and information in all its forms and the analysis of information structure (including logical analysis of taxonomies, data and metadata). The development of innovative ways of managing the information assets of the organisation.


Defined at these levels: 2 3 4 5 6

Data management: Level 1

This skill is not typically observed or practiced at this level of responsibility and accountability.

Data management: Level 2

Assists in providing accessibility, retrievability, security and protection of data in an ethical manner.

Data management: Level 3

Applies ethical and robust techniques in the transformation of data from one format/medium to another, in line with organisational policies and procedures and being sensitive to risks around the use of information.

Data management: Level 4

Takes responsibility for the accessibility, retrievability and security of specific subsets of data. Assesses the integrity of data from multiple sources (including, for example, from sensors & measurement systems). Provides advice on the transformation of data/information from one format/medium to another, where appropriate. Maintains and implements information handling procedures. Enables the availability, integrity and searchability of information through the application of formal data structures and protection measures. Manipulates specific data from information services, to satisfy local or specific information needs.

Data management: Level 5

Plans effective data storage, sharing and publishing within the organisation. Independently validates external information from multiple sources. Assesses issues which might prevent the organisation from making maximum use of its information assets. Where possible, derives data management structures to support consistency of information retrieval, combination, analysis, pattern recognition and interpretation, throughout the organisation. Devises and implements data management processes, including classification, security, retrieval and retention processes.

Data management: Level 6

From an understanding of current and future business, derives an overall strategy of data management, within an established information architecture (including both structured and unstructured data), that supports the development and secure operation of existing and new information and digital services. Takes overall responsibility for planning effective data storage, security, sharing and publishing within the organisation. Plans establishes and manages processes to access and independently validate external information from multiple sources, on a regular and consistent basis.

Data management: Level 7

This skill is not typically observed or practiced at this level of responsibility and accountability.