Business metadata : capturing enterprise knowledge by William H Inmon; Bonnie K O'Neil; Lowell Fryman

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Tell an end-user these names and all you will get is a blank stare. 2 Business Metadata Business metadata, in contrast, is the metadata that is useful to the businessperson in the day-to-day conduct of business. Business metadata therefore must be in the language of the businessperson. The businessperson is normally not interested in record lengths and internal field names. 4 Where Can You Find Business Metadata? 4 Where Can You Find Business Metadata? Business metadata is found everywhere: ✦ On reports ✦ Screens ✦ The newspapers ✦ Documents ✦ Contracts ✦ Proposals ✦ Statements of work ✦ Letters of understanding ✦ Bank statements ✦ Spreadsheets ✦ Application software, and so forth Wherever there is a business user you also find business metadata.

1 Library Card Catalog Consider going to a local library. In the library you will find lots of books. How do you find what you are looking for? One way is to start walking up and down the stacks of books, randomly encountering all sorts of books in an order that may be incomprehensible to you. It will probably take you a long time to find what you entered the library for. But if you go to the card catalog, you can efficiently search for what is of interest to you. After having searched the card catalog, you can go directly to what your topic is and find what you need right away.

Norfolk, Va. : Donning Imprint:place of publication, publisher, date of publication Height Has IIIustrations Includes index. Bibliography: p. 267−268. ) Subject access points 1. Alaska--History--Pictorial works. 2. Alaska--Pictorical works. I. Rowinski, L. J. ), 1929II. Title. 3 Library Card Catalog [University of Alaska]. 4 Business Metadata’s Importance in a Report 29 In short, a card catalog provides a context for the book: it shows what the book is about, and it also gives general bibliographic information.

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