Understanding the relationships among data, metadata, and information is important if we are to make sense of the data we collect. Metadata can be about perspective. Understanding its importance can help move beyond the simpler use of collection and storage. This interesting topic was brought to us by CRM Buyer in their article, “Let’s Hear It for Metadata.” Data perceived by one person might be seen as information by another. The frame of reference is important.

Metadata sits right on the cusp between data and information. Metadata is driving how we develop and integrate business applications.

Considering that the amount of data continues to grow and grow, managing the quantity is almost as important as accessing the data itself. That can be achieved by creating strong taxonomies. Proper indexing against a strong standards-based taxonomy increases the findability of data. Access Innovations is one of a very small number of companies able to help its clients generate ANSI/NISO- and ISO-compliant taxonomies.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Access Innovations, the world leader in thesaurus, ontology, and taxonomy creation and metadata application.