Organizations have found that seemingly tedious data problems are fundamentally business problems, and cannot be solved by the IT group alone. Public organizations routinely store large volumes of data about its citizens and while analysis of this data can improve decision-making and better address individual needs, this fails due to a lack of data governance. Data governance has received growing attention from both practitioners and academics as a promising approach to solving organizational data issues. This paper presents a review of data governance literature, classifying authors, research disciplines, methods and related theoretical fields, providing researchers with an overview of this emerging field. The paper is concluded by suggesting four areas for future development of the data governance field in the context of the public sector.