Is your organization facing issues with data quality management? Poor quality data can lower your organization’s trust in your data. This leads to missed opportunities and wasted resources. You can improve data quality by first focusing on metadata. Creating a metadata strategy adds vital information to the data you collect. A solid strategy will help your team better organize, analyze, and use data. Keep reading to learn about metadata management and how it can be beneficial to your business.
What Does Metadata Mean?Data is information you can collect, such as measurements, facts, or observations. Metadata is information about a specific piece of data. For example, if you have an image file, this is a piece of data. The metadata is information about the file, which could include author name, file size, and data.
What is Metadata Used For?Metadata is used to make working with data easier by adding descriptive information about each piece of data. It lets you better understand the data you’re collecting by adding context. You can use metadata to organize and standardize your data so your team can search, sort, and pinpoint the data they need. Let’s say you’re looking for a particular book on a full shelf. Without metadata like the author or title, each book looks the same. You won’t be able to find the specific book you need without looking through the whole shelf. By adding metadata like titles and authors, you can easily scan the shelf for the book you need.
What is a Metadata Management Strategy?Just like when you’re dealing with data, you need a plan in place to get the most out of metadata. Simply adding random pieces of information to your data without a strategy doesn’t improve its usability. Instead, you might collect additional information that could actually make it more difficult to sort through data sets. Metadata Strategy Definition: A metadata strategy is a plan you create to collect and apply metadata. It details the processes and policies your organization will use when working with metadata. Think of it as a roadmap that tells your organization what metadata needs to be collected, how to apply it to data, and how to use it when working with data.
What to Include in a Metadata StrategyFor your metadata strategy to be successful, you need to determine the how, why, and who of your metadata plan. While each metadata plan is unique to the organization creating it, there are certain aspects that should be included in every plan. You’ll get the most out of your management plan by answering:
- What type of metadata is collected?
- Who is in charge of managing metadata?
- What are the benefits of the plan?
- How will metadata be collected, used, and stored?