Data Management Terms

The table below displays all the terms associated with the Data Management Glossary.
Term Description
Ad hoc Data Sharing

is when an organisation shares data in an situation that is not covered by a routine Data Sharing Agreement.


is a computer program or set of programs that performs the processing of records for a specific function.

Application Control

is a Control relevant to a given Application.

Application Logical Data Flow

is the data flow between applications at a Data Classification level. Note this doesnt include attributes or payload information.

Application Physical Data Flow

is the data flow between applications that can be directly inspected and validated. Note this normally would include some combination of filenames, attributes and payload information.


is a practice for conducting analysis, design, planning for the successful development and execution of a specific strategy.

Architecture Framework

is a Framework that organizes Architecture constructs in a manner than can then be executed to achieve a one or more Architecture principles.


Is Technical Metadata that is a specification that defines a property of an object, element,

Audio Data

is a Data Classification which identifies records of captured sound that can be accessed.

Authorized Data Domain

is a Data Domain that has been verified, sanctioned, approved and enforced by the governing body.
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Automatic Control

is a control performed by an automated system, without interference of a person.

Best Practice

is a technique or methodology that, through experience and research, has proven to reliably lead to a desired result.


is an Industry Standard that goal is to define SOA and semantic definitions for IT services in the banking industry.
See for more details.

Biometric Audio Data

is Audio Data that is linked to a person's identity. As such it could be used for identification purposes.

Biometric Data

is personal data resulting from specific technical processing relating to the physical, physiological or behavioural characteristics of a person, which allow or confirm the unique identification of that person, such as facial images or dactyloscopic data; (14)

Business Architecture

is the architecture that provides the strategy, design and execution plan for the capabilities to support the enterprise objectives.

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Business Control

is a Control operated by the Business community.

Business Element

is Business Metadata describing a unit of information that has a specific business meaning in the context of a business process or collection of processes within a domain.

Business Metadata

Metadata that provides context about the data from the perspective of the business process.

Business Process Control

is a Business Control relevant to a given Business Process.

Business Process Framework
Business Process Model

is a model that defines a set of business activities that represent the steps required to achieve a business objective. It includes the Process Flow and use of information and resources.

Business Rule

is a rule that defines or constrains some aspect of the business process. Note this may influence a Technical Rule.

Business Term

is a Term that is associated with the business and managed by the Business.

Calculation Model

is a Model that is used to calculate some outcome.

Canonical Data Model

is a specialised form of Logical Data Model, developed with the target usage intention of being a reference artifact of elevated status above any/all other logical perspectives on the same subject matter, and to serve as a means of translating across or communicating between other comparative (logical) viewpoints on that subject matter.
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Capital Model
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Class Data Lineage

is the Data Lineage specified at a Data Class level of detail.

Compensating Control

is an Internal Control that reduces the risk of an existing or potential control weakness resulting in errors and omissions.

Component Data Flow

is the Data Flow between Application Component's.


Unit of thought. [ISO25964-1]

Conceptual Data Model

is a high level simplified Data Model used to express data concepts important to the business process.
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is the means of managing risk, including policies, procedures, guidelines, practices or organizational structures, which can be of an administrative, technical, management, or legal nature.

Controlled vocabulary

is a Knowledge Organization System that is a prescribed list of terms or headings each one having an assigned meaning. They normally contain a unique Preferred Term for each Concept or entity with links to that term from non-preferred terms. They may also show relationships between terms.

Critical Business Element

is a Business Element that is deemed materially important to one or more business processes.

Critical Data Element

is a Data Element that is aligned to a Critical Business Element (CBE) and is therefore deemed materially important for the Business Context associated with the Data Element.


re-interpretable representation of information in a formalized manner suitable for communication, interpretation, or processing.  ISO 2382-1:1993, 01.01.02

Data Access

is a Data Content Control that controls the ability to access or retrieve data stored within a data repository.

Data Architecture

is the architecture that provides the strategy, design and execution plan for the data infrastructure to support enterprise objectives.

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Data Architecture Current State Assessment

is the holistic view of the current state of Data Architecture within the organization.

Data Architecture Tools Assessment

is the assessment of the organizations data related tools used to enhance the Data Management and Data Architecture capability.

Data Classification

is the process of sorting and categorizing data into various types, forms or any other distinct class. Data classification enables the separation and classification of data according to data set requirements for various business or personal objectives.

This can be of particular importance for risk management, legal discovery, and compliance.

Data Content Control

is a Data Control that manages Data Quality and Data Access.

Data Control

is an Automatic Control or a Manual Control of the access, processing, or use of data.

Data Dictionary

is a repository of content representing structural information contained within a data model or database.

Data Dimension

is a view of data that allows specific grouping for further analysis and reporting. Common dimensions can be by business line, legal entity, asset type, industry, region and other business specific groups.

Data Domain

is a logical grouping of data to which a Data Classification is applied (i.e. "event data" or "customer data"). The scope s defined by the identification of data regardless of whether the data is sourced into a data repository.