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User personas

Part of the process of configuring your metadata catalog is to identify the people who will be using your metadata and group them by their different needs from it. These groups, or personas, are used to determine what metadata you want in your metadata catalog and how it should be organized. You may or may not have your own terms for the personas in your organization. As we work to model your metadata catalog, will either incorporate your terms or help you define the terms that work best for you

In our demo system we reference four different user groups:

  • Data consumers - The business users in an organization who primarily interact with dashboards and completed analyses of the data.

  • Data analysts - The people who work directly with the data analyzing it and preparing reports for the rest of the organization.

  • Data stewards - The stewards are the people who control the quality of the data and manage access to it. They define the status of the data (approved, deprecated, etc.,) and also ensure the descriptions are complete and useful for the consumers and analysts.

  • System administrators - This group is for the database administrators and others who manage the data itself from storage and ingest to update and validation.

Successful modeling of your metadata requires both the identification and participation of the various personas in your organization in your metadata catalog design process to be successful. The goal is to ensure that the most important information across all groups is available at the top of a catalog page and increasingly technical information comes lower on the page.