A parenting analogy

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Being a parent is very often like a math problem with many brackets. Something like 5+(2x2+(2x(3+2)))+4. It’s not that complicated when you are looking at it as a whole like you are doing now. You can analyze the whole expression and understand where to start — from the deepest bracket, of course.

But imagine being inside that expression, and seeing just one operation at a time. You’re Alice in Mathland.

All you see is 5 at first, then you see a +2 coming at you, so you deal with (it’s 7), but then an x2 flies in out of nowhere.


It’s no doubt true that crowdsourcing is a great data catalog capability. After all, it enables teams and departments to make their tribal knowledge of particular data available to everyone. However, crowdsourcing is more efficient as a second step, after a catalog has been populated and enriched with as much business metadata as possible.

With that in mind, what businesses really need is to automate the generation of business metadata. Why? Because the traditional process of populating a data catalog, which relies on crowdsourcing business metadata, is long and tedious. It’s worth a closer look.

The Challenging Task of Crowdsourcing Metadata

Organizations that want to introduce…


Data lineage is a highly sought-after capability for modern data management and data governance teams. By now, it has become a critical feature of data catalogs and metadata management solutions, offering a wide range of benefits and applications. These include regulatory compliance, impact analysis, and a faster understanding of the enterprise data landscape.

Typically, data lineage is associated with technical roles, such as ETL developers and data engineers. However, when data lineage is enriched with business metadata, it can become a particularly useful and practical capability for business users and analytical roles, such as data scientists.

In this post, we’ll…


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After spending 18 months in the role of a UX designer, I switched back to what I feel I do best: writing. (I talk about switching from technical writing to UX in this post) There was a moment when I stopped being afraid and admitted to myself and the people around me: “I am not a designer, I am a writer.” The ironic thing is it happened when I asked for a raise.

Sometimes it takes a bit of psychoanalysis

My new manager sat down with me to discuss my raise, and he decided to dig and ask why I decided to do UX design in the…


From Tech Writing

Nearly four years ago I started in Ataccama as a technical writer. It was a leap of faith for me, switching from business consulting, where it was “all about the client” to a completely new career and industry (SW Development). Nevertheless, I felt a calling, so I conquered my fear and applied. Long story short, I’ve loved it ever since. …

Nazar Labunets

Effective communication: images and words at Ataccama.

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