David wishes to thank Anne Marie Smith, director of Education at EWSolutions, for her invaluable contribution to this month's column.

As government-mandated regulatory requirements and the need for enterprise-wide data analysis continue to grow, many companies and large government entities are looking to attain standard definitions for their common data. Not surprisingly, these same organizations have come to the realization that a managed metadata environment is necessary to persistently store and technically manage those definitions; however, it is only half of the equation. There is also a business side to defining the processes and procedures necessary to initially create and manage these common data definitions on an ongoing basis. These processes and procedures are known as data governance and stewardship.

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