As the meta data repository industry continues to grow, so do the myths and misunderstandings surrounding this market segment. This month, I am going to address the most common meta data myths and set the record straight.

Myth 1: Meta Data Only Exists in Tools and is Only Used For Tool Interoperability. Before we dive into this myth, let's revisit the definition of meta data. Meta data is: All physical data (contained in software and other media) and knowledge (held by employees and various media) from within and outside an organization, containing information about a company's physical data, industry, technical processes and business processes."1

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