Using a Metadata Framework to Improve Data Resources Quality
Tor Guimaraes (Tennessee Technological University, USA), Youngohc Yoon (University of Maryland-Baltimore, USA) and Peter Aiken (Defense Information Systems Agency, USA)
Copyright: © 2002
The importance of properly managing the quality of organizational data resources is widely recognized. A metadata framework is presented as the critical tool in addressing the necessary requirements to ensure data quality. This is particularly useful in increasingly encountered complex situations where data usage crosses system boundaries. The basic concept of metadata quality as a foundation for data quality engineering is discussed, as well as an extended data life cycle model consisting of eight phases: metadata creation, metadata structuring, metadata refinement, data creation, data utilization, data assessment, data refinement, and data manipulation. This extended model will enable further development of life cycle phase-specific data quality engineering methods. The paper also expands the concept of applicable data quality dimensions, presenting data quality as a function of four distinct components: data value quality, data representation quality, data model quality, and data architecture quality. Each of these, in turn, is described in terms of specific data quality attributes.