Data Owners

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In the context of DDOD, a Data Owner is anyone within a government agency who's responsible for producing data. This is typically a program manager within a specific domain. This introductory document is intended for use by Data Owners to learn how DDOD could benefit their organizations and how to use it.

Value Delivered

DDOD provides value to Data Owners in a number of ways:

  1. Specialized tools for administering use cases that are specific to this kind of data
    1. Requirements management, versioning
    2. Discovery of requirements and solutions

  2. Processes for administration of use cases, such as
    1. Encouraging responsiveness, transparency and documentation
    2. Ensuring use cases and resulting datasets are indexed in EDI and

  3. Proactive outreach to industry and academia for a thriving community


These tools can be broken into components as follows:

(1) Workflow engine, (2) Communications method, (3) Knowledge base, and (4) Data processing & storage


DDOD ensures that the workflow is followed both Data Users and Data Owners. The DDOD Administrator keeps track of the milestones and encourages responsiveness from all parties. Transparency and documentation of both short term workarounds and long term solutions are a core part of the value delivered.

The workflow is covered in more detail at DDOD Workflow.


For DDOD to be effective for the purposes of open data prioritization it requires a sufficiently high level of participation from Data Users in order to provide sufficient information about relative value to Data Owners. Additionally, DDOD can be seen as a marketplace, in that it enables productive interaction between market participants -- Data Users and Data Owners.

For both of these reasons, a proactive and sustained outreach to the user community is crucial. Methods of outreach includes online publications, participation in conferences and user group meetups, collaboration with healthcare-related industry groups, accelerators and incubators, and collaboration with universities. The outreach seeks to build both brand awareness through promotion of DDOD and brand equity through the completion of use cases.