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Term and Data Definitions (Knowledge Navigator)

Knowledge Navigator is your guide to UW data and information. It is designed to give context to the enterprise data you use for decision-making.

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Knowledge Navigator

What is Knowledge Navigator?

Answering questions with data is not always easy, but Knowledge Navigator makes it a little easier! Knowledge Navigator is a web-based application that allows UW enterprise data users like you to  to begin exploring key concepts from subject areas including Student, Finance, HR/Payroll, and Research Administration. The tool also visually demonstrates how key concepts are linked to physical data objects like reports, databases, and APIs. 

Where do the terms and data definitions come from?

Knowledge Navigator is a great tool, but the process for getting agreement on terms and definitions is just as important! Subject matter experts from the different domains meet to discuss and vet terms and definitions, and provide additional notes, rules, and examples. Once the contributors reach agreement, the data custodian for a subject area approves the information and it is published in Knowledge Navigator.

Connect with Us!

Do you have a feature request? Would you like to request a demo of Knowledge Navigator for your department? Do you have feedback on how to improve a term or data definition?

To connect with the Knowledge Navigator team, simply email our metadata manager via with “Knowledge Navigator” in the subject line!

Learn More with These Handouts:

Term Vetting

Learn how we partner to create data definitions

Knowledge Navigator

Explore Knowledge Navigator’s key features

Last reviewed September 20, 2019