Metadata is information about data, and can encompass anything pertaining to its definition, structure, content, integrity, lineage and processes. It can both flow from the development lifecycle and facilitate those processes. IBM’s Industry Models incorporate a rich array of different types of metadata, which enhance the value of data assets to the business and the information technology supporting it. Prolifics makes extensive use of metadata to ensure data accuracy and optimize development efficiencies.
There are typically three distinct types of metadata identified: