The University maintains agreed upon definitions of record used when developing enterprise reports. The Data Management Committee maintains this site and the definitions are provided by various data custodians. All UW personnel responsible for producing enterprise reports should strive to incorporate these high-level institutional definitions into those reports, and document when reports use definitions that are not aligned.
Institutional Definitions in EDW
The EDW Initiative integrates different data sources and provides standardized business terms and definitions for data warehouse tables and columns. These business terms and definitions help EDW users understand what data means and assist in creating and explaining reports. View the glossary definitions in the Business Intelligence portal, or peruse the interactive models to see table and column definitions, as well as relationships between tables.
Source System Metadata
This is a collection of metadata resources as they currently exist and serve different functional databases at the University of Washington. These metadata sources contain both business metadata (e.g. business term definitions) and technical metadata (e.g. database column name, data type). The databases which those metadata described are the sources of Enterprise Data Warehouse. This list is not exhaustive. Financial Metadata – The Financial Desktop Initiative Glossary is best used for finding individual field definitions. Student Metadata – The Student Data Dictionary provides table and field definitions.
Other Existing Glossaries
Below is a list of glossaries defined by different operating units for the purpose of explaining operation related terms.