Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Definition for Master Data Management (MDM) and Meta-data (metadata)

These definitions are my own personal consolidation, interpretation and understanding of all the definitions that I researched and found (see Bibliographies below). These definitions are hence copyrighted and you may use them as long as you give me, and this site - the appropriate credit for compiling them. You agree to do this also to protect the credit of the original authors of these definitions.

Master Data Management (MDM) is a set of disciplines, processes, tools, and solutions used to ensure consistency, completeness, control and accuracy of Master Data. MDM impacts the creation, capturing, storage, synchronization and maintenance of the organization’s Master Data for all stakeholders across the organization. The Master Data is defined as the cure business and reference data (structured or unstructured) and may include items such as: products, customers, vendors, data warehouse information, and content repositories. MDM spans across different applications, systems and databases, business processes, functional areas, geographies and channels.

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Meta-Data is a structured definition or description of data. It describes information such as content, quality, condition that characterizes a set of measurements or records. It may include individual datum, content item, or a collection of data including multiple content items and hierarchical levels. A database schema is a good example of metadata which describes for each data-field - its size, name, type, etc. Metadata may also describe the environment of the data which may include: how recent the data is; where it originates from, what the data is used for etc.


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