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Meta Data Repository Redux, Part 1 Meta Data Use Case Detail and Diversity
 
by John Singer Metadata Design Document

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They say what goes around comes around and this certainly applies to the meta data information repository. Over the last 25 years, each great evolution of information systems technology and best practices has bred the same set of issues and the invariable vendor response - the meta data repository (or some derivation). What is this problem that keeps recurring? Simply put, as newer technologies are used to develop systems, the increase in complexity breaks the system management status quo. The answer always involves storing information about the system components in a central place for analysis - i.e., the meta data repository. It hasn't always been called this, but nonetheless, the basic approach to solving IT management complexity is the same. We are now witnessing this event playing out once more, but I'm getting ahead of the story.



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