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We had yet another great DM Radio episode last week talking about metadata. 

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Comments (4)
Morning, Jim;

Great topic of conversation. I listened in to another webcast about a month ago on the same subject, and asked each panelist if a definition of the word 'metadata' was necessary and if so what each one of them thought it was. All three said 'Yes' then proceeded to give three different definitions.

In my view, because it can be 'pretty much anything you need it to be', there is no such thing as metadata. There are: a) entities; b) the properties - including at least one id and a class - that characterize them as unique; and, c) associations that connect them to other uniquely identified and classified entities.

Manage that and you've solved the problem.

John O'

Posted by John O | Monday, February 14 2011 at 10:26AM ET
Jim, Unfortunately, metadata without context is little but white noise buzzing in the background. John O's comment is spot on. Entity definition provides the context... from there, all meaningful metadata will fall into properties, attributes or associations attached to the entities. As usual, the best path to understanding is often the most obvious, almost always the simplest - K.I.S.S. JackH
Posted by jack h | Monday, February 14 2011 at 1:02PM ET
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