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Navigating the Labyrinth: An Executive Guide to Data Management by Laura Sebastian-Coleman for DAMA International

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Chapter 10 Metadata Management

Throughout this book, we have referred to the use and management of Metadata. One of the principles of data management is that Metadata is integral to managing data. In other words, you need data to manage data. Metadata describes what data you have. And if you don’t know what data you have, you cannot manage it. Metadata management is a foundational activity that needs to be carried out throughout the data lifecycle. The lifecycle of Metadata also needs to be managed.

The most common definition of Metadata, “data about data,” is misleadingly simple. For some it is, unfortunately, a source of confusion rather than clarification, because many kinds of information can be classified as Metadata, and there is not ...

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