Whether the chief data officer is the most strategically important leadership role on a campus depends on your viewpoint. This blog provides information to further inform your view of the CDO and the position's responsibilities.
Jeffrey Pomerantz, Ph.D., is a Senior Researcher for the EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR). He is a principal investigator on a number of ECAR research projects, including the annual Faculty and Information Technology and Student and Information Technology studies, the bi-annual study of the Workforce project, and several others.
Prior to joining ECAR, Dr. Pomerantz was a tenured Associate Professor in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for over a decade. He has also been an adjunct instructor for a significant percentage of the other Information Science programs around the world. He has taught courses on research methods, program evaluation, digital libraries, and metadata. He also developed and taught a popular Coursera MOOC about metadata. Pomerantz is an extensively published scholar; see his website for a complete list of his publications. He author of the book Metadata, part of the MIT Press Essential Knowledge series, and an Associate Editor of the Open Access Directory, a project of the Berkman Center's Harvard Open Access Project. Pomerantz earned his Ph.D. from the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University, and his MS(LIS) from Simmons College.
As part of its series of studies of the IT workforce in higher education, the EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR) conducted a survey of chief data officers. This study sought to identify the characteristics and functions of CDOs.
CISOs say it's important for a successful information security leader in higher education to master a number of different forward-facing roles.