Last month, I emphasized the need to treat metadata management as a business process for managing the data assets of the enterprise and avoid the technical emphasis that metadata typically receives. Within the six dimensions of the Zachman Framework, I then explored the first two steps of the data lifecycle - planning and acquisition. In this column, I'll address maintenance, dissemination and disposal.

Maintenance consists of the activities that are performed to ensure that an asset is protected and kept in good condition so that it can be used by the enterprise.

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