The Evolution of the Meta-Data Concept: Dictionaries, Catalogs, and Repositories

The Evolution of the Meta-Data Concept: Dictionaries, Catalogs, and Repositories

Mark L. Gillenson (University of Miami, USA) and Raymond D. Frost (Central Connecticut State University, USA)
Copyright: © 1993 |Pages: 10
DOI: 10.4018/jdm.1993070102
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Abstract

The concept of storing and using data about data -- metadata -- has been implemented in a wide variety of products. These include passive and active data dictionaries, relational catalogs, relational storage of dictionary data, an ANSI standard and, recently, repositories and object-oriented DBMS catalogs. This article traces the evolution of these developments, noting their origins, their contributions, and representative commercial products based on them. In particular, it goes into the repository and the OODBMS catalog and draws conclusions about the importance of their relationship for the future of the IS environment.

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