The Chronicles of Data Governance

If you want to govern, first you need to know what you’re actually governing

When you want to govern the first thing to sort out is who, what and where are the objects being governed. The initial picture of your information landscape might be bleak with a lot of grey areas and unknowns. Dark matter constitutes 85% of the known universe, and dark data does too!

Semanta the most advanced, off-the-shelf DG Solution on the market, will help you create the true information map of your enterprise. It is an ideal, business-oriented tool for drawing the map of your information landscape and identifying its features.


Share your information landscape visually.

Create a single access point for users to search for information.

Build a passionate community around your information.

Load metadata from different sources and integrate them together in a single place.

Draw the map of the territory you want to govern and share it

Start with a crude outline of your systems, stakeholders and technologies. We live in an imperfect world with data lakes, swamps, brooks and information black markets - don’t pretend they don’t exist. Instead embrace them, enlist them and bring visibility into the jungle of applications and technologies you’re surrounded by. You’ll see that people appreciate it when you bring them something cool yet practical and useful. Use metadata connectors to harvest as much information about your data as possible, automatically.

When you have a basic outline of your information landscape, identify a domain with low hanging fruit and define it in more detail.


Draw an outline of your systems and applications.

Define information domains and assign them to stewards and owners.

Use metadata connectors to fill your Report Catalogue with content.

Use metadata connectors to fill your Data Dictionary with content.



An outline remains just an empty vessel without content

Answer three basic Data Governance questions about each information asset:

Who owns it? What does it mean? Where can one access it?

Assign business users to information assets and ask them to enrich the bare technical descriptions, captured by the metadata connectors, with real business meanings and definitions.

In exchange, provide them with quick access to catalogues of your existing reports, tables and definitions.

Demonstrate that it’s worth their effort and that data governance has tangible results - getting hold of information takes less time, understanding reports becomes easier, the reuse of existing ones becomes simple.


Use the Business Glossary to enrich technical definitions with business definitions.

Assign stewards and owners to all your information assets.

Link definitions together to indicate relationships and dependencies.

Define data quality rules, checks and publish quality statuses.



Mind The Change

Any map is just a frozen image of the world. The information landscape is fluid and ever-changing. Stewards are being recruited and moving on. Tables, reports and definitions are added, changed and discarded. Once you’ve finished the mapping process, you’ll find your map already starting to become out-of-date.

Connect the map into the demand management, change management and human resources processes - it’s the only way to keep it truly current. It is not a one time initiative. It’s a never-ending activity which needs to be woven into your organisation’s core processes.


Connect the portal to DQ tools and publish the Quality of your information assets.

Listen to feedback and enrich your content with it.

Use workflow to control the life cycle of information assets.

Channel business requests to Order Book.



Repeat and take it to the next level

Once you’ve covered the first domains with sufficient detail and even managed to capture their ongoing changes then it’s time to expand and document a new one. An approach of small continual improvements is the best way to roll out enterprise-wide data governance. The ability to repeat the governance process in new domains is an indication that your organisation has reached the next level of data-governance maturity.


Add more information domains and systems.

Make it more visual by adding more maps, schemes and diagrams.

Engage more people in the Data Governance initiative.

Run an active PR campaign for business users.

Key features

Build-In Catalogues

Start your project with pre-configured
glossaries and catalogues.

  • People Directory
  • Report Catalogues
  • Glossaries
  • Data Dictionary
  • Systems
  • Applications
  • A Wiki
  • A Blog
  • Data Quality Rules

and more

Collaborative Tools

21st century tools for 21st century
knowledge workers.

  • Google-like search
  • Wiki-like authoring
  • Information-centric collaboration
  • Visio like diagramming
  • Social and Collaborative
  • Links and Relationships
  • Workflow and Ownership
  • Mobile ready
  • Cloud-based & Configurable

and much more


Load metadata from all your data sources and make it easy to access.

  • Oracle, Teradata
  • MS SQL
  • Hadoop
  • IBM Cognos
  • SAP Business Objects
  • Microstrategy, SalesForce
  • Siebel
  • Oracle eBusiness Suite

and many others






Start your Data Governance journey with SEMANTA’s Information Map

“The most advanced Data Governance portal on the market”
Newly available as a cloud service.