Chapter Thirteen. Metadata Management

A distributed system is one in which the failure of a computer you didn’t even know existed can render your own computer unusable.

Leslie Lamport1


In a product factory, people can touch and see the goods being manufactured. In the integration and data management world, however, humans cannot see and touch the assets directly; we can only see representations of bits and bytes on computer screens, handheld devices, or paper printouts. Data and software services are definitely real, but there must be a way of tracking these ethereal objects to make up for the fact that we cannot see or touch them directly.

Metadata provides the blueprint for data in an organization. ...

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