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Three Facets of Metadata: Structure, Content, Meaning - by David Loshin, Knowledge Integrity, Inc. This is the third in a series of six posts from David Loshin. Read the previous post and the next post in the series.   Clearly, there is a need to collect information about data use that goes way beyond the typical structural representation metadata that is either managed within a database catalog or captured in a generic “data dictionary.” This is particularly true as the demand for data repurposing grows, such as within reporting and analytics systems like data warehouses, da...

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Metadata Integration The operational culture of the enterprise has gradually shifted towards a more business-centric model, one where business users and front line information consumers desire better access to enterprise data assets, and need to have a comprehensive view of the organization. This means that data, as well as the metadata that describes it, must be shared between IT and business users. This is often easier said than done. The main reason for sharing data is to provide insights to enable better decisio...
The Metadata Conundrum - by David Loshin This is the second in a series of six posts from David Loshin. Read the previous post and the next post in the series.   In my last post, I suggested that over time, organic yet siloed application development focused on functional requirements has provided the breeding ground for the types of data variance that impact data trustworthiness as transaction records and operational data sets are repurposed for reporting and analytics. One approach to addressing these potential incons...
Enterprise Data Confusion – Did We Bring This Onto Ourselves? – authored by David Loshin, Knowledge Integrity, Inc. This is the first in a series of six posts from David Loshin. Read his next post. A few years back, I had the opportunity to work with Embarcadero Technologies, having been invited to put together some white papers and participating in some web seminars on the relationship between data governance, stewardship, and good data modeling practices. I am quite excited to be working with Embarcadero again, especially because I have been asked to share some thoughts about innovative ways to use me...
Metadata Overview, by Ron Huizenga What is Metadata? The term “Metadata” arises frequently when discussing Data Architecture.  In short, it is “data about data.”  However, interpretation can be rather ambiguous, since it is used in different contexts.  The most common context is known as structural metadata, which describes the design and specifications of data structures such as tables, columns, constraints and indexes.  However, this is evolving to incorporate unstructured data as well. Another interpretat...

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