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Chief Data Officer
Marcus Thornton: Interim CDO

Commonwealth Data Trust

The Commonwealth Data Trust, implemented by the Office of Data Governance and Analytics, is a safe, secure, and legally compliant information sharing environment that establishes consistent requirements for trust members through a standardized data sharing agreement process. The data trust provides a scalable alternative to multiple “point-to-point” sharing, promotes trust among its members through common rules for data security, privacy, and confidentiality and reduces technical costs by onboarding to a single environment using standard NIEM protocols. The Data Trust will ensure and support data discovery and analytics for agencies and organizations across the Commonwealth of Virginia. 

The Data Governance Framework supports the execution of the Commonwealth Data Trust through strategic oversight by the Executive Data Board and operational oversight by the Data Governance Council.

Data Trust Member Agreement - this establishes the relationship between the data provider and the trustee (ODGA). This agreement is used for organizations contributing data into the data trust. Signing this agreement doesn't mean the entity gets access to trust member-contributed data.

Data Trust User Agreement Amendment Form - this document is used when a data provider needs to amend their data trust agreement to include new data, new constraints, or any other changes to the trust agreement exhibits.

Data Trust User Agreement - this describes the relationship between the trust and recipients of trust member-contributed restricted-use data. This agreement is primarily for organizations that have projects that need access to restricted-use trust data. Agencies can act as trust users, but this is mostly for organizations like academic institutions, non-governmental organizations, and localities to be able to consume trust resources.  

Data Trust User Agreement Amendment Form - this document is used when a user needs to amend their agreement to include new data, new constraints, or any other changes.

Data Trust Individual User Non-Disclosure Agreement - this document lays out the roles and responsibilities individuals have with regard to using and safeguarding restricted-use trust data. Every team member on a data trust user project must have a signed NDA on file in order to access trust resources (no exceptions).

ODGA Dataset Readiness Review - this document is used as a guideline for the onboarding of data into the Commonwealth Data Trust.

For more information about how the Commonwealth of Virginia defines different roles and positions related to data, visit our Data Governance page.

Data Trust Members

Department of Aviation

Department of Consolidate Labratory Services

Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services

Department of Human Resource Management

Department of Criminal Justice Services

Department of General Services Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services

Department of Social Services

Library of Virginia

Office of Data Governance and Analytics

Roanoke Police Department

State Compensation Board

Virginia Department of Corrections

Virginia Department of Emergency Management

Virginia Department of Health

Virginia Employment Commission

Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association

Virginia Innovation Partnership Corporation