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Top free online courses on Data Governance

One of the more detailed, 4-hour long courses on data governance, this programme is held by Microsoft.

Since morning, most activities you would have performed have data in them, be it browsing your social media or receiving personalised news on your email; it has data at the core. But to ensure accurate and secure insights from data, it is important to govern it correctly. Data governance practices include understanding the enterprising data and ensuring it is free from potential risks while generating insights. It is becoming increasingly important for data scientists and enterprise leaders to be fluent in data governance frameworks and techniques to ensure safe AI in the future. This article lists some of the best data governance courses of different lengths for beginners and experts. 

Data governance is a subset of data management. While most courses outlined here do not cover data management as a whole, enthusiasts can refer to a comprehensive background provided by Full Stack Deep Learning


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Udemy: Data Governance

Udemy’s Data Governance course is a foundational program targeted towards beginners. The course is targeted towards company executives wanting to be involved in the data play at the workspace. The 150 minutes on-demand video covers several topics discussing data governance, popular framework, implementing data governance, the roles of the framework and best governance practices to follow. Students will receive a certificate at the end of the course. 

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Intermediate level: Learning Data Governance on LinkedIn

Taught by Dr Jonathan Reichental, LinkedIn’s Learning Data Governance course is an intermediate level program for bringing data management to the workplace. Reichental holds a PhD in IT, post which he was a professor at different universities. In this course, he touches upon data governance, its role in emerging fields of knowledge graphics, AI and IoT and how it can support organisations in compliance and risk reduction efforts. Lastly, individuals will be trained on managing, monitoring, and measuring data governance efforts across their organisation. 

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Microsoft 365: Manage Governance and Compliance

One of the more detailed, 4-hour long courses on data governance, this programme is held by Microsoft. Instructor Liam Cleary is a certified Microsoft trainer and Microsoft MVP. Through the course, he maps out to the Manage Microsoft 365 Governance and Compliance domain of the Microsoft 365 Mobility and Security (MS-101) exam. This program studies the tools designed to manage the content lifecycle and comply with legal or regulatory standards by teaching important governance and compliance tools and features and how to use them to protect information within Microsoft 365. Additionally, Cleary also recommends configuring tools into data loss prevention (DLP) and Azure Information Protection.

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Data Governance and Stewardship Professional 

The Data Governance and Stewardship Professional is a certification programme held by the Institute for Certification of Computing Professionals. The choice of multi-tiered certifications ranges from taking one exam to completing 1400 hours of experience, validating expertise in data governance, focusing on availability, usability, consistency, data integrity, and data security. The credential is available on levels of executive management, principal, mastery, associate practitioner, and foundation assistant data governance professional. 

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SAP Master Data Governance

An associate-level entry-level qualification, the SAP data governance course is a certified course consisting of a final examination that validates a candidate possesses the fundamental and core knowledge required of the application consultant profile. In addition, it guarantees the person has detailed technical knowledge to participate in a mentoring or team role. The final examination covers data governance, data quality and analytics, data replication and key mapping. 

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Duke University’s Data Governance, Coursera

Conducted by Duke University on Coursera, the Cloud Data Engineering program consists of a comprehensive module on Data Governance. Taught by Noah Gift, professor at Duke and co-author of several books, including AWS, the course looks at the best data governance practices. Additionally, it entails practical experience by asking the students to build a serverless Data Engineering system. Finally, the course studies data governance in detail with reference to AWS models.

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Penn State University

The University of Pennsylvania offers an AI governance module for their AI for Business specialisation. The AI governance course details AI strategies and tools to build responsible AI governance algorithms while dealing with large datasets in enterprises. It studies AI in organisations, the risks that come with it, strategies to recognise biases within data and constructing a responsible governance strategy. Four professors across different departments teach the course.

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UC Berkeley

Taught by UC Berkeley in their data strategy course, data governance takes up an important module. The course identifies creating the most value from data while adhering to data governance practices. Their data strategy playbook allows organisations to balance data opportunities with data governance. More than three professors and several visiting faculties teach this through real-world case studies of Target and Samsung. The course is catered to senior leaders in technology, data managers, and IT consultants. 

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