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Are you making the most of your metadata repository?

In recent years, metadata repositories (MDRs) have become an important tool to help sponsors manage their data standards and maintain metadata definitions across the organisation. The scope of these repositories varies from one company to another, ranging from a dedicated MDR with fully evolved and connected systems to a more piecemeal combination of tools and databases.

In theory, MDRs should yield multiple benefits allowing sponsors to create, maintain, govern, and apply their standards consistently while making the best use of their assets.

However, for one reason or another, many sponsors are failing to garner the full potential of their metadata repository. The promise of better traceability, greater efficiency, and increased quality doesn't ultimately become a reality. But why?

To find the answer, we often have to work backwards. When developing your metadata repository and its surrounding processes, we must consider what we want to achieve by setting it up. What concrete business and technical goals and improvements can we expect to generate versus the status quo? And what associated processes will need to adapt to the new system, and how do we reconfigure these? Implementing a metadata repository is a complex process, involving multiple stakeholders and many steps from initial scoping through to technology evaluation and implementation. Refining the workflows is typically the work of years, not months. Unfortunately, many organisations continue to grapple with a range of problems, including an over-reliance on manual processes and duplication of efforts. At Shafi consultancy, we often act as a fresh pair of eyes for our customers by offering a process audit to help them identify the glitches and issues that are reducing the impact of their MDR investment. By reviewing the processes in place and recommending changes, we can help you finally maximise efficiency through your MDR without investing in additional infrastructure. With those recommendations in hand, we can then work with you to implement those operational changes.

A metadata repository should be more than a glorified virtual filing cabinet- it has the potential to help us maximise our programming productivity and make the most out of our valuable clinical data. Get in touch to learn how we can help get your repository working better for you.

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