(Continuation of the Metadata 2.0 Series)
The MetaShare metadata collaboration platform provides a framework for controlling and managing the content of the published documents. The platform is designed with an open philosophy. Mistakes are easily corrected because it provides a process by which verification of recent additions and changes to documents is easy and manageable. Every page includes a “Recent Changes” page that shows all versions of a document across time and allows for the comparison of the content of any two documents. If edits to a document are deemed incorrect, they can be reversed by restoring the document to the previous version.
User generated content must be actively managed. If it is not, the documents will become disorganized and end up containing incorrect information. Users can subscribe to alerts that are generated when a document changes. Someone in the organization can be assigned as the metadata steward and can monitor changes to the documents. If it becomes necessary, a standing meeting can be called where stakeholders get together to talk about the changes to the documents and double check the accuracy of the information added. Wikipedia follows a very similar lifecycle through the use of moderators or editors. Utilization of the same technique will keep the metadata documents up to date and correct.
In the next article we’ll talk about extracting SSIS metadata.