Data Custodian Forum on Metadata. September 19 th , 2012. Metadata and You. Nancy McQuillen. Agenda. The “Top Problem” for 2012 : Clear Definitions Review Definitions : Data vs. Metadata vs. Master Data How can Metadata help? What types of metadata exist?
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September 19th, 2012
Precision is required in questions, and in term definitions. For example:
An Enrolled Student is one who had at least one active course registration on or after the first day of the quarter. All courses can be dropped after the first day of the quarter and the student is still considered an Enrolled Student for the quarter.
Enrolled as of Census Day?
Fee Based Major
Federal Salary Cap
A good definition is:
Some short informal definitions:
Data – Recorded facts, observations, writings
Metadata – Additional descriptors of the data
Master data – Important shared data sets
expresses the system used to classify the books.
Metadata describes, identifies, and classifies each book.
This is the data,
the “information assets”
Data about Data
Data, information, or knowledge
about information assets
This is metadata.
Expense Object Name
Data without meaning and context are useless. Metadata provides meaning.
This is metadata
(drawn from a master list of “Expense Objects”).
(Source: David Loshin, Knowledge Integrity; retrieved from BeyeNetwork 9/15/2012)
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