Meta Data Special Interest Group Event

Wikipedia with an Attitude: Collecting and Using Business Semantics

This presentation will expand on lessons learned from implementing a business terms dictionary in a media company to both capture and deliver business semantics directly from business people. The presentation will explore how you can take these concepts and turn them into useful solutions in your environment.

Interesting twists in governance will be discussed, using a new version (“Governance Lite”) to allow business people the maximum amount of flexibility to submit content but still have some sort of “authorized” content. In addition, we will discuss when governance is a good idea and when it should be relaxed a bit for maximum benefit to the organization.

The presentation shows how you can start a knowledge capture mechanism “on a shoestring” and slowly expand it to encompass more and more areas of usefulness to the business.

This case study will present practical tips on launching a corporate dictionary, including the following:

  • The role of governance, and how to set up some governance but still allow users flexibility of expression
  • How to use PR to get users involved
  • The impact of Lowell’s “No Cost” Law: “use whatever is lying around” to get the job done


Lowell Fryman is founder of Enterprise Integration Solutions LLC (EIS LLC), specializing in education and professional services in the data integration industry. As a frequent speaker at International conferences, he is a thought leader in data warehousing, enterprise application integration, and business intelligence applications, as well as having hands-on experience with over 100 implementations. Lowell is a Certified GIF� Architect and has been recognized by Bill Inmon and Claudia Imhoff as a contributor to a number of data warehousing publications.

Lowell has been a technology professional for over 30 years. He has developed technology best practice courses and educated thousands of professionals in data warehousing and enterprise application development. EIS LLC provides those educational seminars, as well as data warehousing assessment, enterprise data architecture, methodology, project management, and Metadata implementation services.

Over the last three years Lowell has implementing enterprise Metadata programs, technology evaluations, and business intelligence Centers of Excellence for two major international corporations.

Lowell is a member of the Curriculum Advisory Board for Data Warehousing, Daniels College of Business, Denver University and guest lecturer for the program. Additionally Lowell is the President and VP or Programs for DAMA-RMC in Denver, Colorado.

Time and Location of Meeting

Meeting Details:  Wednesday, April 5, 2006

Location: Join us at The Ontario Club, 5th Floor, Commerce Court South 30 Wellington Street West (Bay and Wellington), Toronto

4:15 pm: Registration for prompt 4:30 pm start
6:30 pm. Expected Finish

The Meta Data SIG is for IRMAC members. Non-members are welcome to “try us out” for one session, and join IRMAC afterwards. No advance reservations are required.


Apr 05 2006


4:15 pm - 6:00 pm


The Ontario Club, 5th Floor, Commerce Court South 30 Wellington Street West (Bay and Wellington), Toronto

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