Collaborative management of business metadata

Item Type Journal paper

Legal provisions, cross-company data exchange and intra-company reporting or planning procedures require comprehensively, timely, unambiguously and understandably specified business objects (e.g. materials, customers, and suppliers). On the one hand, this business metadata has to cover miscellaneous regional peculiarities in order to enable business activities anywhere in the world. On the other hand, data structures need to be standardized throughout the entire company in order to be able to perform global spend analysis, for example. In addition, business objects should adapt to new market conditions or regulatory requirements as quickly and consistently as possible. Centrally organized corporate metadata managers (e.g. within a central IT department) are hardly able to meet all these demands. They should be supported by key users from several business divisions and regions, who contribute expert knowledge. However, despite the advantages regarding high metadata quality on a corporate level, a collaborative metadata management approach of this kind has to ensure low effort for knowledge contributors as in most cases these regional or divisional experts do not benefit from metadata quality themselves. Therefore, the paper at hand identifies requirements to be met by a business metadata repository, which is a tool that can effectively support collaborative management of business metadata. In addition, the paper presents the results of an evaluation of these requirements with business experts from various companies and of scenario tests with a wiki-based prototype at the company Bayer CropScience AG. The evaluation shows two things: First, collaboration is a success factor when it comes to establishing effective business metadata management and integrating metadata with enterprise systems, and second, semantic wikis are well suited to realizing business metadata repositories.

Authors Hüner, Kai; Otto, Boris & Österle, Hubert
Research Team CDQ, IWI2
Journal or Publication Title International Journal of Information Management (IJTM)
Language English
Keywords Corporate Data Quality, Corporate Data Dictionary
Subjects information management
HSG Classification not classified
Refereed Yes
Date 1 August 2011
Publisher Elsevier
Place of Publication Oxford
Volume 31
Number 4
Page Range 366-373
Number of Pages 8
ISSN 0268-4012
ISSN-Digital 1873-4707
Publisher DOI 10.1016/j.ijinfomgt.2010.12.002
Depositing User Kai Hüner
Date Deposited 15 Jun 2011 16:28
Last Modified 23 Aug 2016 11:13


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Hüner, Kai; Otto, Boris & Österle, Hubert (2011) Collaborative management of business metadata. International Journal of Information Management (IJTM), 31 (4). 366-373. ISSN 0268-4012

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