Data Governance

Data Architecture

  • Metadata is “data that provides information about other data.” In short, it’s data about data.
  • Schema is one type of metadata, which formally defines the name, type, attributes, constraints, relationship, structure, etc. of data.
  • The data dictionary is, in essence, a metadata repository that standardizes the definition of a data element and enables a common interpretation of data elements.

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  • Figure 1: The scope of data governance. Source: Guide to the Data Management Body of Knowledge (1st Edition) from the Data Management Association. Used by permission. (

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