In attempting to manage information assets, businesses face the challenge of identifying and attributing meaning to the data. Data dictionaries can allow your business to standardize data content, context and definitions to achieve consistency and reusability as well as drive data quality information into new and existing strategic business initiatives.
Data dictionaries provide a common business language and single version of truth for commonly used data elements, thus ensuring consistency across the enterprise. Review this paper for best practices to consider when establishing a data dictionary including:
- Version control: keep track of what version of data dictionary a project has derived its data from
- Avoid overloading any single concept, thus making it easy to reuse and maintain
- Allow data concepts to expand over time to avoid confusion with legacy implementations
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