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Overview Metadata Metadata Management Master Data MDM Quality & Security Services

Metadata defines the layout and lineage of transactional data and master data in the enterprise. According to Gartner's Guido de Simone, enterprise metadata management (EMM) is designed to link, reconcile, and govern the information in our enterprise.

Because managing metadata effectively is a key to properly integrating, cleansing, protecting, and dealing with changes in data, a straightforward, unifying metadata infrastructure is desirable. Unlike the metadata in legacy platforms, IRI data definition file (DDF) metadata is accessible, explicit, and common for all data sources.


The IRI Voracity data management platform, and all constituent IRI Data Manager and IRI Data Protector suite software, leverage that same, simple DDF for data layouts, and the same manipulation syntax that uses that DDF.

That manipulation metadata is from the widely-used Sort Control Language (SortCL) program in IRI CoSort (.scl data transformation and reporting) jobs. It's also used in IRI NextForm (.ncl data migration), IRI FieldShield (.fcl data masking), and IRI RowGen (.rcl test data generation) job scripts, as well as in IRI Voracity (.xml ETL) worfklows.

IRI metadata is exposed in self-documenting text scripts you can modify and run anywhere. It is also supported in the IRI Workbench GUI, built on Eclipse™, where it is modeled in EMF to let you visually:

create and acquire it
discover and define, or import and convert metadata
modify it
see and change source and column-level attributes by hand or in dialogs
regulate it
define, apply, save, modify, and re-use rules that affect data in multiple places at once
save and re-use it
in DDF repositories within local, or across, projects
re-purpose it
in data integration, migration, reporting, masking, and testing jobs
track, audit, and analyze it
for data governance (provenance) and regulatory compliance through forward and reverse lineage, and get graphical impact analysis
standardize and share it
metadata, master data values and formats, and rules (for mapping, masking, or generation)
manage it in respositories
use EGit, etc. for team sharing, version control, lineage, and security or the AnalytiX DS Unified Platform

AnalytiX DS Mapping Manager (AMM) and the Meta Integration Model Bridge (MIMB) also support IRI metadata. Their users can easily convert BI, CRM, ETL, and modeling tool metadata into the common metadata format of IRI software. Those using AnalytixDS with Voracity can leverage state-of-the-art metadata lineage and management tools in the same Eclipse UI, IRI Workbench.

See this article on capturing business value through Enterprise Metadata Management for more information.

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