A majority of companies struggle with wrangling and organizing their data. More than 60% of respondents surveyed in O’Reilly’s State of Data Quality 2020 said they suffered from too many data sources and inconsistent data, making that the most common data quality issue cited. The second was disorganization in data stores and a lack of metadata, which nearly half of respondents cited.
A data catalog could help resolve such problems. A data catalog uses metadata to create an inventory of data assets held by an organization. Users can search a data catalog for the data they need, organize it, manage it and understand its lineage. As such, it helps support not only data discovery, but data governance as well.