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The Metadata Continuum


Since my previous post about metadata received excellent commentary, I decided to write a follow-up post to address one of the many great points this discussion and its participants raised, namely the role of controlled vocabularies or metadata dictionaries.

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Comments (9)
I have trouble envisioning senior management in a meeting contemplating metadata. The person who suggests the topic of "what is a customer" would be quickly reassigned to some innocuous position in the organization such as Chief Philosophical Data Officer.

Metadata has not been shown to contribute anything of value to the business but it's pursuit in the IT community seems to be never ending. It's like the search for a singularity. Metadata is commonly defined as "data about data". Isn't this pursuit the same as searching for a "golden copy" or "single version of the truth"? Seems like we've been down this road before?

Posted by Richard O | Thursday, November 03 2011 at 12:14PM ET
"Metadata has not been shown to contribute anything of value to the business..." Wow. Good luck finding anything on your computer without the filename, creation date, etc. You know, the "data about data". :)
Posted by Barry F | Friday, November 04 2011 at 2:57PM ET
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