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Current Metadata Process Practices

by Sullivan, Tessa

Abstract (Summary)
An effective and easily maintainable information organization system is vital to the success of any enterprise, be it in the public or private sector. The proper use of metadata is a key means to this end. Applying metadata, however, is not a static task. Rather, it is a process by which metadata is created and manipulated by any number of people, using a variety of tools at different stages of the lifecycle of a digital object. Information on these components of the metadata process was gathered via a survey of metadata practitioners. The study found the metadata process is quite complex, with substantial variability in all components. A large variety of software applications are used for manipulating of metadata. This result and the fact that in-house developed tools were most common suggest there is no single turn-key solution for the metadata process. In conclusion, careful planning of the metadata process, including consideration of all sources of an enterprise’s information, is essential to the successful implementation of a metadata process.
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Jane Greenberg

School:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

School Location:USA - North Carolina

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:metadata survey processes management software quality control

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Date of Publication:08/21/2007

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