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What is metadata, and why is it important to a BA?

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Categories: Business Analysis, Systems Analysis, Domain Modeling, Data Analysis & Modeling, General, Business Rules


Metadata is defined as “data about data”. Metadata describes the context, use, and validity of business information. Metadata requirements and definitions are an important part of the data requirements to be captured by the Business Analyst for any new system. Effective collection, maintenance and reporting of metadata support organizational needs to monitor and manage the integrity, quality and accuracy of its data.

Common metadata attributes include the date and time that data was collected or changed, and the data source or identification of the person who performed the change. Metadata attributes for an electronic document or record may include the type of record, its retention period, and its security classification or category.

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