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The Body Has a Heart and Soul: Roles and Responsibilities of the Chief Data Officer
January 2007
Thomas Redman

I closed my July 2006 column with the assertion that, "in time, organizations will recognize data as assets on par with other assets such as people and money. And Chief Data Officers (CDOs) will be named."

I promised to discuss the roles and responsibilities of the CDO in the next column, but as I labored away, I realized that the most important job of the CDO was serving as Secretary to the Data Council. Since not all readers may know what a Data Council is, who sits on it, what they do, and why they are so important, I devoted my October 2006 column to that topic.

Now, I finally have an opportunity to deliver on my earlier promise — to discuss the roles and responsibilities of the CDO.

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