“The beginning of wisdom is the definition of terms.” — Socrates
Data is the lifeblood of the Information Age, but to be used successfully it must be named and understood. Global IDs supports these fundamental requirements with its Data Glossary capability.
The management of names is needed to ensure the same data element is not called different things in reports, dashboards, screens, and so on thereby causing confusion. Data element names should be either accepted business usage or descriptive of what the data means. All of this needs a Data Glossary where names can be found and managed. Collaboration in naming is also part of what is required.
Global IDs Data Glossary provides all of the functionality needed for searching and collaboration, making it possible for enterprises to successfully address their terminology needs around data.
Beyond terminology is the need to understand the meaning of data elements and other data objects, which, at a minimum requires management of definitions. Again, Global IDs Data Glossary search and collaboration features help with this need. In addition, workflows are particularly important in the management of definitions as different roles need to be involved.
How It Works
What are we talking about?
Without clear definitions of what we are talking about, we may only appear to communicate. Somewhat different meanings naturally may accrue to key business terms across divisions, departments, or even individuals, resulting in miscommunication and its attendant effects. A common reference or data glossary for key business terms is therefore essential.
Agreement on Definitions means Collaboration
Precise and adequate definitions of business terms require the contribution and agreement of more than one individual. Global IDs Data Glossary is a collaborative tool for proposing, evaluating, and approving new (or old) terms and their definitions.
Data Glossary: An entry point to the Data Landscape
Key business terms typically relate to one or more critical data elements or objects. When integrated with the functions of the Global IDs Data Ecosystem Evolution Platform (DEEP) platform, Data Glossary definitions provide easy entry points to visualizing and querying the logical and physical data landscape through functions such as Global IDs Data Catalog.