(Continuation of Metadata 2.0 Series)
Updating the Metadata Attributes
The pages created by MetaShare are separated into two major sections. The top of the page is created and maintained by MetaShare. The bottom is reserved for user-generated content. If the extended properties metadata requires a change, there is a companion tool web application that allows for easy updating of the Kimball spreadsheet metadata attributes after the database is deployed and in production. It allows you to choose a database on a server and navigate to the metadata attributes for the tables and columns and update them accordingly.
User Generated Content
The bottom of every page that is generated by MetaShare is reserved for user content. This is where collaboration begins to come into play. Users are encouraged to add information they know about an item or correct information they think is incorrect about that item. Users should feel empowered to make changes to the pages for two reasons. First of all, the collaboration platform retains document history. Any documents changed by a user are saved before editing begins. Comparisons between versions of a document become easy allowing for active management and moderating of changes by a metadata steward.
In the next article, I’ll discuss the management process around metadata.