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Monday, October 15, 2012

2:50 PM - 3:35 PM
Track: Master Data Management PIM & RDM Track: Sponsored by Informatica View Track

BEST PRACTICES: MANAGING TAXONOMIES AS REFERENCE DATA, A SPECIAL FORM OF MASTER DATA

Ralph Tamlyn, Senior IT Architect, IBM

Taxonomies are "reference data." Taxonomies are used to classify, manage, organize and integrate information, including web content. Taxonomies should be standards for the enterprise. In the contemporary enterprise, unstructured and structured information have classification metadata elements filled with reference data. This metadata enables integration and delivery of relevant information.

IBM has undertaken a multi-year effort to improve the integration and delivery of its web content by improving the management of such classification taxonomies. Travelers along the RDM road should expect some of the bumps typical of any transformation of capability or technology: timely funding and organizational adoption. All told, IBM is now able to develop and manage enterprise standard ontologies, rather than merely lists of allowed values. The tools within this solution allow IBM to manage and publish the ontology menagerie — taxonomies, controlled vocabularies, relationships / mappings between taxonomies, controlled vocabularies and navigation hierarchies, and the properties on all of these while managing adoption tracking metrics.

This session will focus on RDM best practice strategies implemented with a solution based on IBM InfoSphere MDM Reference Data Management Hub. The speaker will discuss:

  • Managing and publishing reference data, taxonomy and navigation hierarchy standards
  • Managing taxonomies effectively and consistently with objective metrics
  • Employing "distributed participative governance" to strike a balance between centralized and decentralized reference data control

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