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Metator, Librarian, Gatekeeper, Broker


A reader named Boz had the best response to last week’s diatribe against corporate information disorganization that called for creating a titled role for a metadata editor or “metator” to manage collaborative sharing of information.

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Comments (5)
Great Article, Jim. Within my organization, I fulfill the role of metator or facilitator of metadata editing. I work with our business areas to describe their data in their own words. This feeds into our corporate knowledge and the by-product can be found in our data dictionaries, glossaries, our data warehouse and, the metadata repository I manage. In the 5 years that I have been in this role we have a better understanding of our data and a clearer sense of what the data means.

I'm also a former student of Bob Boiko's. I hold a Masters of Science in Information Management from the University of Washington Information School.

Posted by Andrew E | Tuesday, October 13 2009 at 3:32PM ET
Good point Jim, regarding your point of disagreement with my comment. Actually, I prefer your terminology of information brokers to the one I suggested.

I guess I framed it that way as I was thinking more about my experience within Australia where, for the last 15 years, modern (or postmodern) librarians have professionally reinvented themselves as information management "experts" rather of "gatekeepers".

So much so, that at the University of Technology, Sydney, where I was teaching up to the end of the 90's, the old Library Science degrees found elsewhere were called degrees in Information and Knowledge Management. The degree was designed to acknowledge that the old librarian gatekeeping roles were going the way of the dinosaur and that contemporary librarians needed to do more than just index books or data. As a consequence, many of these graduates have found their way into BI and data management roles.

Of course, I'm also aware that the inital framing of your metador/metator idea is made within the domain of data management, rather than knowledge management, but I think there can be ideas communication between the two domains.

Anyway, I digress. I'm glad you ended up disagreeing with some of my comment, as otherwise you may not have written this excellent blog article. So, information broker, it is. Also, thanks for your first article about the metador/metator - a great idea to bring out into the open.

Posted by Boz C | Wednesday, October 14 2009 at 2:56AM ET
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