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SharePoint 2010 All-in-One For Dummies by Veli-Matti Vanamo, Kevin Laahs, Emer McKenna

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Chapter 5: Maneuvering the Managed Metadata Service

In This Chapter

Managing metadata — why and how it works

Configuring the Managed Metadata Service

Using Managed Metadata in SharePoint

These days information is being captured at a remarkable rate, and in many different forms — we have blogs, we have vlogs, we have wikis, we have tweets, we have discussion forums, and we have good old e-mail. With this smorgasbord of content types, corporations can create, capture, store, and disseminate more data than ever before — making it easy to harness knowledge and retain intellectual property in-house.

The downside of all this data is that the more data you have, the more data you have to sift through to find the information you actually need. To truly benefit from all the information your organization takes in, you have to get at that juicy info — exactly when you need it, in a form you can use.

Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 comes equipped with a variety of tools and services that help you manage and make use of the large corpus of data within your organization. One such offering — which lies at the heart of content management in SharePoint 2010 — is the Managed Metadata Service.

The Managed Metadata Service centralizes the management of how your organization describes its content. In essence, the service standardizes the terminology used in metadata files. The idea is for everyone in your organization to share a common language (at least where the content is concerned), which ...

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