A very common starting point for producing tangible outcomes in a data governance programme is setting up a business glossary. The alternatives, or next/previous steps, for a business glossary were discussed in the post Metadata Musings by a Nerd.
First, in my eyes a business glossary (or whatever you call such a thing) is indeed a useful deliverable in its own right. In order to support a data governance programme you will need to add things besides definition of terms. One important element is documenting business rules as reported by Nikki Rogers at The University of Bristol here.
A business glossary should ultimately morph into full-blown metadata management or meet data dictionary and/or metadata repository initiatives that also may grow in your organization. What full-blown metadata management means was touched recently by Brian Brewer in a blog post called Gartner Says More Metadata. This post cites a blog post by Darin Stewart of Gartner (the analyst firm). The Gartner post is called Big Content Needs More Metadata.
How did you develop your business glossary?
- Did you start with a business glossary and then morphed into the data dictionary and metadata management discipline and lingo?
- Did the business glossary grow from the metadata management work?
- Is the business glossary just sitting there doing what it does?