To understand metadata and its role in data discovery, let’s take a simple example. Do you remember those catalog cards in libraries which recorded information like title, author, copyright, location on shelf, etc. to help us find the book(s) we were looking for? That’s exactly what metadata is; it’s data that offers information about data. This includes source of the data, standards used, size of the data, when and where it was created, quality of the data, what purpose the data serves, who’s the author of the data.
All kinds of data (structured, semi-structured, or unstructured) have metadata information linked to it. In fact, accurate mapping is key to a number of data-related functions, from data warehousing to master data management.
Even though metadata mapping is critical for effective data processing, most organizations are still doing it manually. A major part of data scientists’ time is spent on its manual maintenance, be it identifying sources or tracking inconsistencies. Plus, there’s always room for error, no matter how carefully it’s done. This, in turn, results in a huge loss of time and effort spent on projects that are centered on inherently flawed data.
This is where automated metadata mapping comes in. It helps map business terms to their respective metadata, establishing automatic links between the two. This allows organizations to understand which data point represents what part of the information within the business.
In short, automated metadata mapping facilitates the instant discovery of data and its lineage — a process that can take weeks, or even months, when done manually. What’s more, automation completely eliminates the possibility of human error. This means that data scientists can now focus solely on generating real-time actionable insights.
DataBlaze uses automated metadata mapping to build knowledge graphs, as opposed to traditional databases. Here’s a snapshot of how automated metadata mapping has turned DataBlaze into a truly next-gen product. It allows DataBlaze to:
Automated Metadata Mapping has the potential to transform data management processes by saving a lot of time and money of the business. The user need not invest time in manually mapping the data as DataBlaze does it automatically and subject matter experts simply need to approve the terms and labels. So, isn‘t it time you got in touch with us for a demo of DataBlaze!