Managed Metadata – No Pain, No Gain
We are starting a managed metadata project for a key government agency (the whole Agency). The various component parts of the Agency, which provides a very important public service, all have their own lists of terms and often use different words to describe the same thing. We are starting by identifying individuals in various offices to develop a metadata system than can work for the whole organization. We are asking them to bring their term lists to the project and we expect some real fights when we start talking about how these lists will be merged and organized. Which brings me to the point of this blog entry – if you don’t have major fights when trying to develop managed metadata, your project is in trouble. It means that your clients don’t care about metadata, don’t have any intention of participating in a meaningful way, or don’t think the effort will yield anything useful. It is by going through the messy process of creating a common metadata framework that the organization will understand it and adopt it.