Data is key to every process in an organization and frankly, most of our daily lives. So where does this leave metadata? This interesting information came to us from IT Web in their article, “Defining metadata and its relevance.”
Data that is actually linked to a competitive advantage like focus and speed of delivery requires some assistance. That is where accounting for metadata in your data strategy can give you a leg up.
Everything we do and consume consists of metadata. However, if this metadata is not well managed to promote consistency within an organization, the full benefits of metadata are not realized.
Metadata has an important role in data and analytics as it is foundational for information governance. As defined by most data specialists in information systems, metadata is data about data; it provides context and reference.
However, nothing can be gained by using metadata if there is no common vocabulary in a taxonomy. Machine assisted indexing against a solid custom taxonomy is the key to any information management’s success. Access Innovations is one of a very small number of companies that can help clients generate ANSI/ISO/W3C-compliant taxonomies to manage their content.
Melody K. Smith
Sponsored by Data Harmony, a unit of Access Innovations, the world leader in indexing and making content findable.