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Forum Guide to Metadata
NFES 2009-805
July 2009

List of Exhibits


Chapter 1. What Are Metadata and Why Are They Important?


Tables/Figures Exhibit 1.1 NASA's metric confusion caused Mars Orbiter loss
Tables/Figures Exhibit 1.2 Question: How many eighth grade English teachers are in your schools?
Tables/Figures Exhibit 1.3 Questions about the data life cycle that metadata can address
Tables/Figures Exhibit 1.4 What are metadata?
Tables/Figures Exhibit 1.5 Metadata: Solving the Case of the Inaccurate Dropout Count, Chapter 1

Chapter 2. Description of a Metadata System

Tables/Figures Exhibit 2.1 We’re really not “just passing” those kids!
Tables/Figures Exhibit 2.2a Common technical metadata items
Tables/Figures Exhibit 2.2b Common data management metadata items
Tables/Figures Exhibit 2.2c Common data reporting/use metadata items
Tables/Figures Exhibit 2.3 Metadata: Solving the Case of the Inaccurate Dropout Count, Chapter 2

Chapter 3. Using Metadata

Tables/Figures Exhibit 3.1 Now these are useful metadata!
Tables/Figures Exhibit 3.2 Commonly used categories of metadata items*
Tables/Figures Exhibit 3.3 Examples of metadata for the data element student birthdate
Tables/Figures Exhibit 3.4 Metadata: Solving the Case of the Inaccurate Dropout Count, Chapter 3
Tables/Figures Exhibit 3.5 A real-world education business rule

Chapter 4. Implementing a Metadata System

Tables/Figures Exhibit 4.1 Metadata 101: Metadata don’t fix broken data systems
Tables/Figures Exhibit 4.2 Suggested outline for a metadata system needs statement
Tables/Figures Exhibit 4.3 Clothes are commonly stored in two ways
Tables/Figures Exhibit 4.4 Metadata: Solving the Case of the Inaccurate Dropout Count, Chapter 4
Tables/Figures Exhibit 4.5 Example of metadata system cost–benefit and return&ndashon-investment (ROI) analysis
Tables/Figures Exhibit 4.6 Centralized metadata system architecture
Tables/Figures Exhibit 4.7 Federated metadata system architecture
Tables/Figures Exhibit 4.8 Distibuted metadata system architecture

Chapter 5. Conclusion

Tables/Figures Exhibit 5.1 Instantiation: One reason your organization needs metadata
Tables/Figures Exhibit 5.2 Metadata: Solving the Case of the Inaccurate Dropout Count, Chapter 5

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