Storage Agnostic Metadata

This document describes a method of making Open Metadata agnostic to where data is ultimately stored; be it on disk, in a database or an in-memory data-structure.

Copyright, Change Process and Language can be found in RFC1


Open Metadata was originally designed as an agnostic method of traversing metadata in a hierarchical fashion. The initial implementation utilised the familiarity of the file-system, but the use of Open Metadata extends beyond management of files and folders.

Therefore, we’ll break apart the general mechanisms with those interacting with a file-system into a separate service

Each service featuring interaction mechanisms with a target data-storage mechanism.


We’ll introduce service to the Open Metadata object-model. A service is based on SOA, or Service-Oriented Architecture, and essentially means a (potentially) remote object providing “services”, in this case read/write functions, within a given domain, such as a file-system or other database such as SQL.