By John Mertic, Director of ODPi at The Linux Foundation
ODPi recently hosted a webinar on open metadata and data governance with Mandy Chessel, distinguished engineer and master inventor at IBM, Ferd Scheepers, chief information architect at ING, and Srikanth Venkat, senior director of product management at Hortonworks.
During the webinar, we discussed how data governance can ensure consistency, no vendor lock-in and cost-effectiveness of Open Metadata. We discussed why Open Metadata and Open Governance together allows metadata to be captured when the data is created, moved with the data and be augmented and processed by any of the vendor tools.
The second part of the webinar focused on the work ODPi, IBM, Hortonworks, and ING are working on to add governance, discovery and access frameworks to automate the collection, management and use of metadata across an enterprise. Spoiler: the results are an enterprise catalog of data resources that are transparently assessed, governed and used in order to deliver maximum value to the enterprise.
Many webinar listeners asked insightful questions; including:
- Where are we in the data governance journey and where do you think it’s going?
- How much of this will be open source?
- If I have a vendor solution installed or am a vendor what is the activity needed to participate in the open source landscape? If I currently have a proprietary solution, how can I participate?
- How can I as a data professional help with open source community? I would I engage with ODPi?
- What proportion of metadata actually needs to be specific to an enterprise? What proportion should be/could be at industry/sector level? How much money is wasted though duplication of metadata across industries?
- How are you approaching Data Governance and Metadata for unstructured content within your enterprises?
- How do you see this initiative fitting into records management and lifecycle management initiatives?
- What is the scope today for encapsulating data and metadata in discrete chunks of microcontext – an equivalent to microservices/containerization (sort of)? Is it worth pursuing today?
Overall, the webinar was an engaging discussion around new ways of approaching Metadata and Data Governance.