Introducing Metadata Modeling

Summary

In this chapter you considered the nature of metadata, which is becoming ever more crucial. If you take the example of an order entry system, you now know that metadata isn’t the orders in the order entry system but rather the following:
  • Statistics about the orders

  • Information regarding an order’s makeup

  • The manner in which orders are organized and stored

  • Who can access the order data

  • What users can do with orders

  • Where the order data flows to and from

  • How the order data gets there

  • What the origins of the structure of an order are

  • Who created the order entry system

  • What project created the order entry system

  • What problem the order entry system solves

The importance of metadata is its ability to help you manage staff, clients, and resources. You need to serve everyone better by providing cost-effective, high-quality tools and the faster delivery of your results to your customers. To do that, you need to be able to use the knowledge of your enterprise’s successes, failures, existing solutions, and abandoned efforts to make intelligent decisions. In short, you need to recognize the importance of your ability to manage your data’s shared environment.

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© Sharon Allen and Evan Terry 2005

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