Metadata management is the data about your data

Metadata Management provides you with the tools necessary to understand the context of your data. Realise the true quality and value of your data by understanding where it comes from, why it exists and how relevant it is.

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What is Metadata Management?

Metadata is data that describes other data – it holds the answers to questions such as ‘who collected this?’ and ‘what is its purpose?'. Metadata management is, therefore, the administration of ‘data that describes other data’. Using an extensive range of technologies, we are able to gather and store the answers to these questions. The collected information helps you to understand the quality of your data and those all-important data relationships.

Understand the value of your data

To truly understand the value of your data, you need to have a knowledge of its background and how it integrates with other data. For example, on first look, data collected last year might appear to be more reliable than data over 5 years old. However, who owns the data, why it was collected, and the security level all have a bearing on how valuable it is. Metadata provides the answers to these contextual questions.

Through metadata management, you will have one centralised piece of technology that stores this knowledge. It will be organised in a simple and accessible way so you can fully harness your data’s value.

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Download our guide, 3 Top Tips to Better Metadata Management, written by Arun Chandar, Head of Data Services at Comma. In this guide he explains how you can realise value from knowing the data about your data.

Metadata Management with Comma Group

At Comma Group, we combine metadata management with machine learning and human knowledge to create a fully integrated service.

We are the UK’s leading partner for Alex Solutions who offer everything necessary to build a single source of metadata in their enterprise metadata management platform. They have featured as a Leader in Gartner’s Metadata Management Solutions Magic Quadrant for three consecutive years.

Comma's experience and expertise coupled with Alex Solutions metadata management platform can help you maximise your investment in data governance technology.

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Benefits of Metadata Management

As data culture continues to boom, metadata management has become increasingly important. Companies are both generating and consuming data in huge quantities. Consequently, understanding the context of data has become vital for data governance and general management.

Other benefits include:

Improved data quality – improve your understanding of data quality issues by having access to contextual issues
Improved data governance – highlight key data elements that help prioritise tasks for effective data governance
Improved master data management – onboard further data sources to simplify master data management models
Improved data integration – through automation, clear up your data to make it simple to combine and understand
Improved data privacy – see protection status, access, proliferation and risk exposure of sensitive data clearly laid out and easily manageable
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Why do you need metadata management?

Metadata management does more for your company than improve other data management techniques. It is essential when looking to streamline your data collection and storage methods.

  • Improved consistency – management in one central place allows for consistency across all data. All personnel necessary will have access to the same records.
  • Improved efficiency – centralised metadata means less time spent on assessing the reliability and value of your data to make decisions.

Improve your data governance strategy with Comma Group’s metadata management approach. Get in touch with our experts, or, alternatively, discover our full selection of data management services

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