Monday, February 18, 2008

Shared Business Vocabulary

Following on from my active metadata post yesterday, Mike Ferguson at Dataflux says Shared Business Vocabulary (is) needed everywhere. By "shared business vocabulary" he means metadata, as this earlier post explains. I don't particularly like his phrase - metadata is fine by me - but maybe he's right and we need to use a less loaded (and misunderstood) term for it. And particularly in the warehousey world "metadata" also refers to the dynamics of data (when was it loaded, how long did it take) so there's scope for a better word or phrase.

Whatever that word or phrase is, please please can it not be ontology ....

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