Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Metadata Quotes

Here are some of my favorite quotes about metadata:
Metadata is gaining mainstream acceptance. Business managers realize that they want to treat data as a strategic asset....Managers increasingly recognize that applications must revolve around the data, not the other way around...This is a shift of Copernican magnitude." Michael Daconta, NIEM Program Manager
Only if every user has a common and exact understanding of the data can it be exchanged trouble-free. ISO/IEC 11179 Metadata Registry Specification
To maximize success in service oriented development of applications and enterprise wide sharing and reuse initiatives (such as data warehousing), a well-scoped and focused function to manage key metadata artifacts is cost-effective and critical. Gartner Group
If software is ever going to be able to effectively inter-operate (in ways that were not explicitly preconceived and engineered), it will be because applications share enough of the semantics of their data elements. But one of the most misunderstood and frankly ironic things about "semantics" is that it means different things to different people. Doug Lenat, Cycorp

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