Stewardship involves the creation and maintenance of quality information assets. It encompasses the entire life cycle of the asset from its inception through its eventual replacement, retirement, and relegation to archives.
Stewardship means assigning ownership of an asset to those responsible for its collection and maintenance. The System of Registries provides tools and services to assist stewards in all phases of their responsibilities. It enables distributed stewardship so that stewardship can be performed by those who are closest to, and most knowledgeable about, the asset.