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Metadata Standards in the Marketplace - Why Do I Care? (And Where Does Godzilla Fit In?)
Metadata (“data about data”) is essential for data warehousing. Metadata standards allow different products to interact. Without standards, different vendors

uml example  industry's dominant modeling language. UML 1.3 was ratified at OMG's meeting in November 1999. Until June of 1999, Microsoft had their own flavor of UML, but they now adhere to the standard. MOF: Meta Object Facility. This OMG specification provides a set of CORBA interfaces that can be used to define and manipulate a set of interoperable metamodels. MOF is a key to integration of metamodels across domains. XML: Extensible Markup Language. The World Wide Web Consortium's document format for the Web

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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