Early last week, I launched a new video series for the SharePoint community called “The One Thing” which highlights experts and MVPs from around the world sharing their insights and expertise around the features and business solutions that make SharePoint 2010 a compelling platform.
In these first two videos, Mark Miller and Fabian Williams both identify the new Managed Metadata features as one of the most important developments in SharePoint.
What is Managed Metadata?
Within any enterprise content management platform, ends users and administrators have the ability to assign tags or keywords to the content that they upload and edit within the system. With SharePoint 2007, one of the issues that limited the platform’s ability to meet the ECM scalability requirements of many organizations was the inability to centrally manage those tags and keywords. SharePoint was more of an ad hoc platform, with taxonomy control at the local site level, making enterprise management very difficult.
Within SharePoint 2010, you now have a way to build out your keyword taxonomy (and end-user-driven folksonomy) as a service, from a central location, and have other sites “consume” this service. There are some great articles here on NothingButSharePoint including Sharon Richardson’s SharePoint Managed Metadata Overview, which provides a great background on metadata, MMS, and how it is applied via NBSP.com, and Managed Metadata Columns in Office 2007 by Corey Roth. In addition, Fabian provided a fantastic post on the setup and configuration of a Managed Metadata Service, Understanding Managed Metadata in SharePoint 2010: its Impact on Taxonomy, Navigation and Search.
Check out the videos with Mark and Fabian, and look for new videos from the series on the AxcelerCorp channel on YouTube.
Additional resources that may be of interest to you on Managed Metadata: