5 thoughts on “Metadata Meatballs

  1. kenoconnordataconsultant 21st February 2011 / 22:57

    Hi Henrik,

    I always enjoy your food analogies.

    Regarding data, too many projects are “Metadata driven” – i.e. they proceed on the basis of what the metadata says “should be in the data”. This of course is a recipe for disaster.

    As you know Henrik, one must always profile the data first to find out what is “actually in the data”.

    Rgds Ken

    • Henrik Liliendahl Sørensen 21st February 2011 / 23:04

      Thanks Ken. Good point. Data profiling is the way of discovering what could be in your data. Boiled ground meat served with spaghetti and so on…

  2. Jaime Fitzgerald 22nd February 2011 / 12:33

    Building on Ken’s point, if meta data efforts focus too much on what “should” be, versus what “is” true about the data, then there can be a big gap in knowledge about the current state of the data assets, which in turn makes progress harder to make.

    Data profiling creates a different kind of “data about your data”, which is that current state reality, and which is so crucial to getting closer to the “should be” state…

    • Henrik Liliendahl Sørensen 22nd February 2011 / 12:44

      Jaime, thanks for commenting. I like the “data about your data” variant.

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