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Data Lineage

What is data lineage?

Data lineage is a term used to describe the path taken from data creation through to consumption. It is also referred to as the Data Lifecycle or Information Chain.

Understanding the data lineage of an organisations data is vital for a number of reasons. It enables root-cause analysis when defects are found anywhere on a ‘data pathway’, helps to understand the role a particular data item plays as it flows through the organisation and enables data stewardship to be established and all the relevant data owners be discovered.

Discovering and documenting data lineage can be made possible by advanced Data Discovery technology, such as Experian Pandora, that allows automated data lineage discovery through powerful relationship discovery functionality. This allows the user to quickly trace data items through the organisation and define end-to-end data lineage visual pathways that can be continuously monitored for data defects.

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