Carlos Rivero, Chief Data Officer

Role of the Chief Data Officer

Generally speaking, the primary role of the Chief Data Officer (CDO) is to increase the value of the Commonwealth’s data holdings over time. The CDO does this by guiding the development of enterprise standards, policies, guidelines, and best practices to support data governance, promoting secure data sharing among Commonwealth organizations, and acting as a liaison between Mission and Technology programs.

Specifically, the General Assembly has tasked the CDO to:

  1. Establish rules, guidelines, and best practices for the use of data, including open data, in the Commonwealth. Such rules, guidelines, and best practices shall address, at a minimum the sharing of data between state, regional, and local public entities and public institutions of higher education, and, when appropriate, private entities; data storage; data security; privacy; compliance with federal law; the de-identification of data for research purposes; and the appropriate access to and presentation of open data and datasets to the public;
  2. Assist state, regional, and local public entities, public institutions of higher education, and employees thereof, with the application of the Government Data Collection and Dissemination Practices Act (§ 2.2-3800 et. seq.) and understanding the applicability of federal laws governing privacy and access to data to the data sharing practices of the Commonwealth;
  3. Assist the Chief Information Officer of the Commonwealth with matters related to the creation, storage, and dissemination of data upon request;
  4. Encourage and coordinate the efforts of state, regional, and local public entities and public institutions of higher education to access and share data, including open data, across all levels of government in an effort to improve the efficiency and efficacy of services, improve outcomes, and promote data-driven policy making, decision making, research, and analysis; and
  5. Oversee the implementation of a website dedicated to hosting open data from state, regional, and local public entities and public institutions of higher education and providing links to any other additional open data websites in the Commonwealth.

This website helps communicate the goals, strategies, initiatives, and accomplishments as they relate to the CDO’s mission.  We hope you find the content on these pages informative and entertaining and look forward to connecting with you soon.

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News/Announcements

  • Virginia takes decisive action to establish its Data Governance Framework

    On January 8, 2020, Governor Northam signed an Executive Order 48 creating the Commonwealth of Virginia Data Commission establishing the Chief Data Officer as chair of the commission and authority to convene the Executive Data Board and establish the Data Governance Council. This governance framework will facilitate communication and collaboration across state government to make Virginia a national leader in data-driven policy, evidence-based decision-making, and outcome-based performance management.