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Building a Data Catalog: A Guide to Planning & Implementing

Building and implementing a data catalog can help your enterprises’ data community discover and use the best data and analytics resources for their projects. That’s according to a new report from Data.world that explores how a data catalog can help businesses achieve faster results — and make better decisions.

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One of the keys to data catalogs is the element of collaboration.

This guide walks you through the following steps in building and implementing a data catalog:

  • Choose a pilot project: Data.world cautions to avoid the urge to immediately onboard your entire organization. “Instead, begin with a clear, well-defined analytics pilot project,” the report states.
  • Engage the right people: Look for the experts among you that will complete the actual tasks of creating, managing, and using your data catalog.
  • Select and connect data sources: “Populate the data catalog with the data sources you need to achieve your pilot project’s objective,” Data.world encourages, as a first step.
  • Educate and drive usage: Ultimately, your goal will be will be to help the pilot team use the data catalog as part of their daily workflows and toolchains.
  • Measure success: Encourage your pilot team and executive sponsors to identify and track key metrics to quantify the impact of using the data catalog.

As for the next steps to address the importance of data catalogs in your business, Data.world covers that, as well, in its new report. According to the company, the framework in this report is designed to give you a solid example of how your business can plan, build, deploy, manage, and grow your data catalog.

Catalogs are an essential foundation to building your data-driven culture. It’s important to invest time in planning your data catalog implementation. A strong foundation will support your entire organization as it grows and your data needs become more complex. — Data.world

The new guide from Data.world helps businesses walk through the basic steps to getting a data catalog up and running, and the challenges involved in implementing a system.

Download the new guide, “How to Plan and Launch Your Modern Data Catalog,” courtesy of Data.world, that provides metrics to measure the impact of building a data catalog, and highlights strategies to engage stakeholders.

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