Definition: Active metadata
Metadata that drive other processes and actions. Treating metadata this way will ensure they are accurate and up-to-date (GSBPM 5.0).
Metadata stored and organised in a way that enables operational use, manual or automated, for one or more processes (ESSnet on Data Warehousing).
Metadata that play an active role in statistics production, i.e. controlling the process or automating processing steps (e.g. when an electronic questionnaire is generated automatically based on the specification of a survey's questions) (UNECE).
Metadata, which are physically integrated with the information system containing the data that the metadata inform about (Statistics South Africa).
Metadata that can be used to control automated processes (Australian National Statistical Service).
Metadata that are used to drive systems. These metadata are created by subject matter experts while using tools that support the survey life-cycle (ISO, JTC1, IEC).
Metadata that determine the actions of automated survey and dissemination processes (DIPPO, SUNDGREN).
Metadata consulted by generic program code for various tasks (Yale University School of Medicine).
UNECE, Generic Statistical Business Process Model (GSBPM), Version 5.0, December 2013