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November 03, 2010


Martin G

Metadata may well end up spawning an industry of it's own; the biggest problem is that many people seem to see metadata as some kind of fixed reference. As you point out, it's dynamic and it changes but we also have to deal with the sheer amount of information that we are generating; from customer data to media files to internal documents.

And then there is the whole area of provenance, integrity and compliance...yes, information management could end up creating it's own profession akin to accountancy. Let's just hope it's more interesting!! (I suppose I should own-up to that fact that I did part-qualify as an accountant before I saw the light)

Scott Harden

Aren't we really just talking about the evolution of the Chief Information Officer? :)


Your points about metadata are right on the mark. Metadata is not a fixed asset but a constantly changing one and organizations need to regard it as a strategic resource. Dave Vellante has a good article expanding on this idea that may interest your readers. http://www.theinfoboom.com/articles/information-governance-will-rely-on-smarter-metadata-models/

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