IT metadata management is one of the most overlooked and underfunded aspects of any initiative. Ironically, each new wave of IT technical innovation brings a call for better metadata management. This interesting information came to us from DATAVERSITY in their article, “Knowledge Maps – A New Model for Metadata.

With big data and the Internet Of Things (IoT), it will be a challenge to keep that data lake from turning murky with unstructured, undefinable, and unfindable data.

IT metadata refers to the repositories maintained by data architecture, enterprise architecture, and IT system components. However, for today’s dynamic systems, metadata can no longer be managed as an after-the-fact artifact of systems development. It must be part of the entire business solution.

A new approach known as knowledge mapping combines traditional IT metadata management ideas with newer technology and applies them to any business problem. Knowledge maps are built on graph databases. The graph model is a better way of representing IT metadata. It aligns more closely with the typical metadata query use cases.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Data Harmony, a unit of Access Innovations, the world leader in indexing and making content findable.