An interview with ICTU about the datafication of society

Source: ICTU Pulse

Lucas van der Meer (Landscape) en Francois Vis (ICTU)

ICTU, a Dutch government instance that supports other government organisations with IT, interviewed Landscape’s co-founder Lucas van der Meer on society’s datafication and the role of proper data governance in getting the most out of data.


Datafication means that the world is relying more and more on data to operate. An example are the pre-filled tax forms, tax return sheets filled out automatically based on clever data usage.

The Dutch government is a ‘mega data owner’ and its data can be used to make processes more effective and efficient. Current data technologies create new chances to do so, but the question that remains is: how should we do this exactly?

Collaboration is key

Lucas states that such datafication cannot be stopped; it concerns very promising developments. Governments know very well what the possibilities are concerning data usage; data experts know how to implement these without making concessions to privacy. One requirement for mitigating such privacy risks, however, is to warrant formal data governance, which is why collaboration between these parties (strategic/business and technical) is essential.

Measuring Data Governance

With a ‘Data Governance Scan’ one can ‘measure’ what the current situation is concerning data governance within an organisation. According to Lucas van der Meer: “Such a scan regards technological and organisational aspects. Based on documentation and interviews with e.g. business analists and enterprise achitects, a score will be determined. Knowing where you stand concerning data governance as an organisation, provides a base to better work towards your (data) ambitions.”

ICTU, together with data experts, looks at how knowledge of and insights into data can improve data usage and data governance in an organsations.

According to Vis: “Seen the relevance of data governance for governments, a scan would be of great value. With this, insights can be provided quickly into where an organisation stands in comparison to other companies.”