How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. What is ‘good’ metadata?
I have talked about metadata quite a bit, which makes sense as that is on of our core technologies. In another blog I concentrated on ‘metadata truth‘. Organizations can experience a myriad of problems caused by ‘poor’ metadata. For example:
• Information will not be maintained according to organizational guidelines (if they exist)
• Information that is maintained will be incomplete
• Information will be meaningless and unable to be understood
• Information cannot be trusted
• Information will be corrupted
• Information will be inaccessible when needed
• Information will not be archived properly for compliance or litigation purposes
• And the list goes on…..
Maybe we should start at the beginning and determine what is ‘good’ metadata? That may sound like a ‘duh’ question, but does the quality of metadata differ depending on the application? At the end of the day how do you know what you don’t know?