I have been given the responsibility to organize our enterprise meta data and come up with procedures and standards. I have never touched the topic beyond its obvious definition. I would appreciate your advice and some direction as to where I can get some information on how to build and maintain an enterprise meta data repository.


Sid Adelman’s Answer: Dave Marco’s book on meta data should be coming out shortly. It will get you going.

Meta data is one of terms that can have very different meanings to different people even within the same enterprise. When you were given this assignment, were you told what the organization was expecting from the enterprise meta data? If not, this is something you should develop first and float to the stake holds and get their concurrence. You will need to determine if they are interested in business meta data, technical meta data or both. You will need to determine which meta data within each of these categories will be used and useful to your organization – if no one will access certain meta data, don’t capture it, you will waste time, money and resources and the meta data will become dirty and unreliable.

David Marco’s Answer: I would suggest several things. First, I would recommend signing up for Real-World Decision Support (RWDS), the free newsletter that I publish. There are several articles on meta data. You can reach these articles at the following address www.EWSolutions.com/newsletter.asp In addition, checkout the "Resource Center" at the www.EWSolutions.com Web site to find even more on meta data. Also, DM Review’s Web site (www.dmreview.com) certainly has several very good articles on the subject. Between these three sources, you’ll be reading about meta data for a long time.

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