Who owns the data model?

Who owns the data model?

A rapidly-growing organization has a team of skilled developers that are tasked with building and maintaining operational and reporting applications. In the absence of data modelers and data architects, these developers also do the data modeling. So Sadie the developer for example, receives a request to customize an application which includes adding a new database table. In addition to coding, she updates the data model and database.   Often the developer who enhances an application is not the one who built the application. A developer from this organization asked me the question “Who owns the data model?” How would you respond?

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