A method is disclosed for creating and managing metadata for a distributed computing environment while maintaining the integrity of the metadata. The method includes capturing metadata and loading it into a server or servers—either central or distributed. The metadata is secured into a rigorously defined and managed system of record, ensuring that the system of record operates under stringent and well defined rules. The method further ensures that access to the system of record metadata is executed under the discipline of the system of record. The metadata can be loaded into the managing server—either centralized or distributed—in an automated and synchronized manner, resulting in a networked environment where there is integrity of loading, access, and operation.