This column is the conclusion of a two-part series revisiting the top 10 mistakes to avoid when building a meta data repository. This month we will examine the final five mistakes.

6. The Meta Data Repository is Difficult to Access. A key goal for all meta data repository projects must be to provide open access to the meta data to any and all business and technical users, with minimal to no effort required from them. Many of the earlier meta data repository efforts did a decent job of integrating very valuable meta data, but a poor job of providing the meta data to the users. Users were instead required to go to the "Meta Data Czar" and "beg" for the information that they needed. Needless to say, this technique does not breed success. Once you have built your repository, it is vital that the information be easily available to anyone with the appropriate security clearance.

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