The Data Stewardship Council created the Data Usage Request (DUR) process as a vehicle for data governance. The process allows data stewards to offer guidance and maintain oversight of shared data.
There are two stages in the process -- inquiry and proposal. In the inquiry stage, the receiving data steward provides information about the data being requested, why it is needed, and how it will be used. The inquiry is sent to the data steward(s) of the governed data area(s). If the inquiry is approved, a more detailed proposal is invited. The proposal indicates specific attributes, filter criteria, and specifics about how the data will be stored, accessed, transmitted, and by whom the data will be used. If the proposal is approved by the governing data steward, the data feed is then developed.
A significant component of the approval process is an understanding and agreement by the receiving data stewards that they will abide by all legal, policy, and procedural guidelines associated with the data that they are receiving. The receiving data steward is also committing to the understanding that all who will use the data being received agree to abide by the guidelines and policies as well.