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Meta Data Services Fundamentals

SQL Server 2000

Microsoft® SQL Server™ 2000 Meta Data Services provides a way to store and manage meta data about information systems and applications. This technology serves as a hub for data and component definitions, development and deployment models, reusable software components, and data warehousing descriptions.

Product components consist of the repository engine, tools, APIs, standard information models, a browser, and a Software Development Kit (SDK). For more information about product components, see Meta Data Services Architecture.

Integrating a meta data management service into a product, a development environment, or an information system requires understanding what meta data is and how it is used. The topics in this section describe fundamental concepts and usage strategies that identify ways in which this meta data management technology is applied.

Topic Description
Meta Data Fundamentals Defines and explains the characteristics of meta data.
Information Model Fundamentals Provides basic information about information models.
Meta Data Management Explains why meta data management is important and how repository technology supports management tasks.
Using Meta Data Services Describes ways to use Meta Data Services based on user roles and objectives.
Designing Meta Data Types Using Information Models Explains the role of Meta Data Services in the design process.
Developing Applications Using Meta Data Explains the role of Meta Data Services in the development process.
Processing Meta Data at Run Time Explains the role of Meta Data Services during run time.

See Also

OIM in Meta Data Services

Repository API

Repository Engine

Repository Object Architecture

Using Meta Data Browser

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