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Business Glossary

What is a business glossary?

A business glossary (in the context of Data Quality technology) refers to functionality that allows data stewards to define a hierarchy of business categories and terms, with sophisticated relationships including associations.

The main benefit of a business glossary is that it allows everyday business terms to be associated with actual data items that are used operationally. This allows navigation from the highest-level categories right down to actual data. Once at the data level, data stewards can instantly see any other fields with the same or similar content across the enterprise.

A business glossary is a characteristic of a mature Data Quality Management Strategy because it requires participation from the business community in order to define the terms and relationships within the glossary. The business glossary acts as a useful device for encouraging greater data quality awareness and a data quality culture within the organisation.

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