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David Loshin

Welcome to my BeyeNETWORK Blog. This is going to be the place for us to exchange thoughts, ideas and opinions on all aspects of the information quality and data integration world. I intend this to be a forum for discussing changes in the industry, as well as how external forces influence the way we treat our information asset. The value of the blog will be greatly enhanced by your participation! I intend to introduce controversial topics here, and I fully expect that reader input will "spice it up." Here we will share ideas, vendor and client updates, problems, questions and, most importantly, your reactions. So keep coming back each week to see what is new on our Blog!

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David is the President of Knowledge Integrity, Inc., a consulting and development company focusing on customized information management solutions including information quality solutions consulting, information quality training and business rules solutions. Loshin is the author of The Practitioner's Guide to Data Quality Improvement, Master Data Management, Enterprise Knowledge Management: The Data Quality Approach and Business Intelligence: The Savvy Manager's Guide. He is a frequent speaker on maximizing the value of information. David can be reached at or at (301) 754-6350.

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Recently in Metadata Musings Category

I have been tinkering with some of the blogging tools out there (so far I like wordpress a lot). One nice aspect of the blogging framework is the expectation of meta-tagging of your content that helps in organization and presentation, which is quite nice because the system does some of the work that I have always been loathe to do (that is, "organizing things").

One way to do this is by categorizing your entries as well as adding additional tags. I was pondering this at some point, thinking that it should be possible at this point to use text mining tools to scan your content and pull out the "statistically improbable" phrases (as our friends at Amazon like to say) to be used as tags.

But what about non-text content? I can think of three commonly used content types that are growing in popularity yet require some extra thought for assigning meta-tags: pictures, voice recordings, and video recordings. As more of this unstructured stuff comes down the pike, we metadata folks should think hard about how to assess and capture semantics associated with these objects for the purposes of organization.

A few years back my friend Greg Elin put together a system for selectively annotating pictures. Check out his fotonotes web site. Perhaps there is some future in this for video?

Posted May 28, 2008 8:03 AM
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Today I sat in one of the sessions at the Gartner Business Intelligence Summit on Emerging Trends and Technologies for Business Intelligence. One apparent recurring theme is the importance of metadata as an underlying key factor in the evolution of business intelligence activities. While both services-oriented approaches and search are of growing interest in the BI universe, apparently metadata is the key to collaboration, gaining consensus, and embedding predictive analytics. One nice aspect of hearing this from the Gartner analysts is that it is encouraging to see that the same message we columnists have been advocating here at B-eye is finally making it into the mainstream!

Posted March 13, 2007 3:49 PM
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I am confident that, when properly distilled out of the masses of data, that the essence of knowledge lies embedded within an organization's metadata. In fact, conversations with clients often centers on different aspects of what we call metadata, often buried within topics like "data dictionary," "data standards," "XML" - yet the meaning of corporate knowledge always boils down to its metadata.

I have recently been involved in advising the formation of a new professional organization that focuses on establishing a community of practice for Metadata practitioners called the Meta-Data Professional Organization.

The intention of the MPO is to be a primary resource for exchanging ideas and advice for best practices in metadata management and implementation. I hope that this organization will be the kind of group in which individuals will share their knowledge and experience in a way that can benefit others, especially when it comes to some of the more challenging aspects of metadata, such as clearly articulating the business benefits of a metadata management program, how to assemble a believable business case, and how to develop a project plan for assessment and implementation.

If you check out the board members, you will probably see some names familiar to you from other venues, such as TDWI or DAMA.

If you have any interest in metadata, it would be worthwhile to consider how you could contribute to this organization!

Posted August 23, 2005 6:04 AM
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