About IDMG

What is the Institutional Data Management and Governance (IDMG) Initiative? What progress has been made to date?

In 2007, UC Berkeley launched the Institutional Data Management and Governance (IDMG) Initiative to address a critical challenge about our campus's institutional data – including data related to applicants, students, faculty, staff, alumni, and donor prospects – stated in the IDMG proposal as follows:

How can we make UC Berkeley's institutional data easily accessible, reliable, consistent, and secure to support informed planning, decision-making, and communications across campus?

Throughout 2008 and early 2009, Berkeley conducted and analyzed a campus survey to learn more about how data is created, analyzed, accessed, and used, researched best practices for data management at other universities, and completed a pilot analysis on one data-driven campus process: the funding of Temporary Academic Staff (TAS). We are moving forward under the leadership of the Institutional Data Council, appointed in late 2009, to implement the recommendations that emerged.

At the IDC kickoff meeting, members identified a number of recent successes in institutional data management and governance. The Council continues to support initiatives that advance the IDMG Roadmap recommendations. 

Since then, the IDC has sponsored two extremely successful IDMG Summer Series in 2010 and 2012, through partnership with several communities of practice [Business Process Analysis Working Group (BPAWG), Cal Assessment Network (CAN), and Policy Analyst Roundtable], the Learning + Organizational Development (L+OD), and Operational Excellence. Handouts and archived video streams, including that from our 2012 IDMG Summer Symposium, are available through our Summer Series page.

In October 2010, the Berkeley NewsCenter published an article “From ‘corner stores’ to an online data marketplace” to communicate our current state, progress to date and desired outcome. In October 2011, IDC Chair Erin Gore gave a presentation to CAN entitled “Making Institutional Data Count” which provided further progress on our initiative.

The IDC is also supporting other initiatives that advance IDMG goal, including Operational Excellence that has made significant investments that support data analysis and storage tools. We have generated a lot of excitement in terms around creating a culture of evidence on the campus and a data environment to support it. There is more work to be done and we will continue to update this website to demonstrate future advancements towards our IDMG goal.