Egeria - Open Metadata
and Governance

Egeria - Open Metadata and Governance

Every week we hear of new tools, data platforms and opportunities for organizations to embrace advanced digital technologies such as artificial intelligence. Yet despite investment and the focus of smart people, few organizations succeed in making wide and systematic use of their data.

Today’s IT is at the heart of the problem. Many tools and data platforms recognize the value of metadata, but manage it in a siloed, proprietary way that assumes they are the only technology employed by the organization.

ODPi Egeria is an open source project dedicated to making metadata open and automatically exchanged between tools and data platforms, no matter which vendor they come from.

We believe in the open metadata and governance manifesto:

  • The maintenance of metadata must be automated to scale to the sheer volumes and variety of data involved in modern business.  Similarly the use of metadata should be used to drive the governance of data and create a business friendly logical interface to the data landscape.
  • The availability of metadata management must become ubiquitous in cloud platforms and large data platforms, such as Apache Hadoop so that the processing engines on these platforms can rely on its availability and build capability around it.
  • Metadata access must become open and remotely accessible so that tools from different vendors can work with metadata located on different platforms. This implies unique identifiers for metadata elements, some level of standardization in the types and formats for metadata and standard interfaces for manipulating metadata.
  • Wherever possible, discovery and maintenance of metadata has to an integral part of all tools that access, change and move information.

We also believe that code talks. Egeria provides an Apache 2.0 licensed platform to support vendors that sign up to the open metadata and governance manifesto. We also support organizations as they deploy ODPi Egeria and other compliant technology.

The open metadata and governance platform provides type system, frameworks, APIs, event payloads and interchange protocols to enable tools, engines and platforms to exchange metadata in order to get the best value from data whilst ensuring it is properly governed.

If you are interested in getting started with ODPi Egeria, try our tutorials. Alternatively read on for more information.

ODPi Egeria governance

This project is maintained by the ODPI Egeria community. To understand how to join and contribute see the Community Guide.

We aim to operate in a transparent, accessible way for the benefit of the Egeria community. All participation in this project is open and not bound to any corporate affiliation. Participants are bound the ODPi’s Code of Conduct. The governance of the project is described in more detail in the Egeria Operations.


License: CC BY 4.0, Copyright Contributors to the ODPi Egeria project.