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Understanding Enterprise Architecture

ONLINE LIVE STREAMING

Mar 16 - Mar 19, 2021

By: Mike Rosen

Professional Kafka Development

ONLINE LIVE STREAMING

Mar 22 - Mar 25, 2021

By: Jesse Anderson

Taxonomy and Metadata Design

ONLINE LIVE STREAMING

Mar 29 - Mar 30, 2021

By: Heather Hedden

Enterprise Data Governance & Master Data Management

ONLINE LIVE STREAMING

Apr 07 - Apr 08, 2021

By: Mike Ferguson

Migrating to a Cloud Data Warehouse

ONLINE LIVE STREAMING

Apr 09, 2021

By: Mike Ferguson

Data Teams: Managing Big Data Projects

ONLINE LIVE STREAMING

Apr 12 - Apr 13, 2021

By: Jesse Anderson

Mastering the Requirements Process

ONLINE LIVE STREAMING

Apr 14 - Apr 16, 2021

By: Suzanne Robertson

Agile Data Science 2.0

ONLINE LIVE STREAMING

Apr 19 - Apr 23, 2021

By: Russell Jurney

Data Visualisation

ONLINE LIVE STREAMING

Apr 26 - Apr 27, 2021

By: Andy Kirk

Free article of the month

March 2021

Metadata and Taxonomies

Metadata and taxonomies are distinct but related, and both are very important for making information, data, and content easier to manage and find. 

The expanding role of metadata management

We all know that data is both important and growing exponentially. That is why metadata, which is summary data about data, is increasingly valuable. However, if we think of metadata simply as “data about data,” then we might think that it is only important for managing data and leave metadata management to people who manage databases or types of database management systems. Metadata is more than that, and the responsibility for it is thus greater. 

Metadata is really standardized data about anything with shared attributes that needs to be organized and retrieved. These could be documents, spreadsheets, presentation files, images, multimedia files, or specialized files, such as engineering drawings. The documents and digital content tend to be content within an information system or file system. This is not limited, however, to database management systems, but includes content management system, document management system, digital asset management systems, authoring and publishing systems, collaboration systems, intranet systems, and workflow and project management systems, in addition to those that are forms of database management system, such as customer relationship management systems and product information management systems.

All these systems have features for managing metadata, but they often are not fully utilized or not properly utilized, since the system users often do not understand metadata management that well. As a result, content is less easy to find and manage. It is not difficult to learn good metadata management, but it takes a little effort and attention. The basics include making metadata comprehensive, consistent, justified by business use cases, and user-friendly. 

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