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Thursday 8 September 2022

Metadata Management

Metadata is an important facet of data entities and sits within the data governance space.  Meta data is data about data. There are various categories of metadata.  

  • Business metadata describes all aspects used for governance, finding & understanding data.
  • Technical metadata describes the structural aspects of data at design time. 
  • Operational metadata describes processing aspects of data at run time.
  • Social metadata describes the user perspective of the data by its consumers.

Often metadata connects business domains, processes, technology and data. A good place to start is at the technical layer and a tool such as Microsoft Purview can be useful to make this scalable. The end goal is understandability of the data leading to good data quality.

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