In this article, Steven Strutz provides a comprehensive explanation of the structure, content, and functions, of metadata repositories. This article will certainly prove useful in my records and information management class.
The Metadata Repository provides a single—albeit often logical—repository for gathering, integrating, storing, sharing, and visualizing metadata and its incumbent capabilities and structures. The repository within which metadata resides provides key functions:
- Identify and sanction origins of business data and metadata
- Hold the metadata in a form that can be analyzed, manipulated, and promoted
- Ensure traceability and lineage of business definitions and derivations from their origin to the point of consumption or obsolescence
- Manage and administer the Metadata Repository tool(s) as a common structure across entities and domains, ensuring data integrity and consistency
- Define and implement standard operating processes and precepts, including those for Data Governance
- Offer unencumbered availability and easy access for business users
- Build branding, communication, and adoption of Metadata and the Metadata Repository to encourage usage
- Establish accountability
The article provides very helpful information about how to identify metadata elements, and how to ensure that the metadata repository supports business functions; further, it provides models for how the repository can be structured.