Metadata provides basic information (the who, what, when, where, why) about your data assets. Some attributes it can contain include the data source, date of last update, and even the assigned data steward (the “go-to” person for questions regarding the data asset).

Think of metadata as your data’s life story. It makes your data easier to discover and use by providing context and lineage information.

By properly managing your metadata, you can improve data visibility, enhance any area of business that uses data and insights, and create opportunities for data reuse and sharing. Metadata management is a comprehensive, ongoing process of overseeing and actively managing metadata in a central environment, which helps an enterprise identify how data is constructed, what data exists, and what the data means.

Metadata management is key to your overall data governance strategy. Data governance is a program of decision rights and accountabilities to appropriately treat data as a strategic asset, including managing, leveraging and protecting it accordingly. We consider metadata management a key pillar of data governance.

Learn more about metadata, the value of metadata management, and the 7 pillars of data governance by watching our on demand webinar, “Why Metadata Matters: The Data on Your Data.”

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