The terms meta-data and metadata have been used, misused, and abused to the point that the real meaning is totally unclear and may even be unknown. These terms are an excellent example of the huge lexical challenge that data resource management faces today. The confusion about a concept as important as understanding the meaning of all the data in an organization’s data resource leads to increased data disparity and low quality data that do not fully meet an organization’s current and future business information demand.

The term meta-data has typically been defined as data about data, which is a tautology. That definition is neither comprehensive nor denotative and can be interpreted in many different ways through ...

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