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Metadata – What Is It (2)? – ETL-Generated Metadata

ETL-Generated Metadata


As ETL physical processes are built, we need to generate specific metadata to capture the inner workings of each process. According to the Toolkit book, ETL metadata falls into four main categories:



I am going to deviate from the terms used above. In the ETL-generated metadata, I will use the following 4 terms. The primary reason is that we use SQL Server and the Integration Services as our implementation platform. It makes sense to use terms that are familiar to SQL developers.


This is the physical task in the smallest scope that implements the data mapping. It generally represents a task in the control flow of a SSIS package.


Tasks are contained in a package. Package can also be referred as Batches. Normally this is a SSIS package.


This is the physical SQL job created in the SQL Job Agent. Each job can contain several packages.

Job Schedule

This is the scheduling of each SQL job.

If you implement our ETL solution without a dedicated tool, it does not mean that you are excused from generating the metadata. Tools are meant to ease the burden of these tasks. Without the tool, we will have to produce and maintain metadata manually. They should be kept in a version-control system such as TFS.

See next blog “Metadata – What Is It (3)? – ETL Package/Task Metadata”.

Categories: ETL Best Practices
  1. sandraSH
    December 2, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    How you implement this in ssis ???


  1. September 23, 2010 at 4:57 pm

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