What Is Metadata?
Quite simply, metadata is data about data. It’s generated every time data is captured at a source, accessed by users, moved through an organization, integrated or augmented with other data from other sources, profiled, cleansed and analyzed. Metadata is valuable because it provides information about the attributes of data elements that can be used to guide strategic and operational decision-making.
It answers these important questions:
- What data do we have?
- Where did it come from?
- Where is it now?
- How has it changed since it was originally created or captured?
- Who is authorized to use it and how?
- Is it sensitive or are there any risks associated with it?