Perspective 6: More About Data (Part 2)

Hello everyone,


Hope you are well, healthy, and staying safe! ☺️


In my last blog post we started discussing the topic of data. We discussed how to identify data, and one of the tools (Business Glossary) you can leverage to ensure everyone is speaking the same language.


In this blog post I will take you through the last 3 techniques you can leverage to document and analyze data. To be clear, these are not the only techniques, just the last 3 of the 4 I wanted to discuss. We will also talk briefly about data analytics.


Let's jump in shall we?


TECHNIQUE #2: DATA DICTIONARY

The purpose of the data dictionary is to identify data elements, define the elements, the data type of the elements, the length of the elements, if the elements are required, and if there are default values per element. There may be other attributes that may be captured in regards to the data elements based on the organizational need, but these are a greater started.

  • Data Element – a specific value that has a specific meaning.

  • Description – the defined meaning of the element.