This month's column is contributed by Patricia Cupoli.

At the April 2006 Wilshire Meta Data Conference/DAMA International Symposium, there were a number of presentations that dealt with metadata, ontologies (organization of knowledge and terms), semantics, controlled vocabularies and taxonomy/classification. You may ask why these topics typically associated with library and information science, document management, content management and knowledge management were presented - they do not seem typical for the data management professional. However, these types of presentations have been showing up more and more in the last several years.

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