About This Webinar

May 26th at 11:30 ET


The Wildland Fire Agency of the US Forest Service, Department of the Interior, is implementing a broad data management and governance initiative in order to facilitate better communication and collaboration within the wildland fire community. That community involves numerous interagency federal, state and local programs for strategically reducing vegetation to limit its availability to fuel a wildfire.

The data governance initiative encompasses an agency wide data registry to catalog datasets and data sources (e.g., relational databases), manage glossaries of terms, and support for stewardship, ownership, and intra-agency collaboration. These datasets, data sources, and related terminology reflect our collective knowledge in a given subject area.

In this webinar we will cover how Wildland Fire is establishing a data governance structure and process to achieve these goals and some important lessons learned so far, such as:

  • How the process required us to step back and ask fundamental questions about what, how, and why we do what we do.
  • A necessary first step was conceptualizing our foundational core organization and legal framework and the inter-relationships between agencies.
  • The importance of being able to capture items that are simple (e.g., glossary term) as well as very complex (e.g., stakeholder agreements and project management).
  • Lessons learned about how to best represent complex enterprise assets, such as organizations, positions, training and policies and relate them to data.

Who should attend:

  • Current users of TopBraid EDG
  • Anyone considering vocabulary, reference data or metadata management/ data cataloging solution
  • Anyone considering a knowledge graph approach to information management

About TopBraid Enterprise Data Governance 

TopBraid Enterprise Data Governance (TopBraid EDG™) is an enterprise knowledge graph for data governance. With EDG, you can choose data governance packages to support a comprehensive and staged approach to data governance. Our packages include:

  • Vocabulary Management
  • Metadata Management
  • Reference Data Management
  • Business Glossaries

About the Presenters:

Irene Polikoff

Irene Polikoff has more than two decades of experience in software development, management, consulting and strategic planning. Since co-founding TopQuadrant in 2001 Irene has been involved in more than a dozen projects in government and commercial sectors. She has written strategy papers, trained customers on the use of the Semantic Web standards, developed ontology models, designed solution architectures and defined deployment processes and guidance.

Kimber Roshelle Pederson

Roshelle has 27 years of experience working with data in the federal government. Since 2004, she has been a data management leader within the complex interagency wildland fire community. This includes five federal agencies in two departments, 59 states and territories, and hundreds of county and city governments. In 2013, Roshelle was the business lead for the implementation of a data integration system for operational data that facilitated a cultural shift toward managing data instead of applications. Roshelle accepted the Associate Chief Data Officer position in 2019 and is formalizing the Wildland Fire Data Management Program, including full-time staff to implement and manage a semantic data governance tool. Roshelle’s approach focuses on using data to bridge the space between business needs and IT program implementation in a collaborative and sustainable way.