Antioch University Data Glossary
The Glossary provides University level definitions for data terms commonly used in Higher Education. Glossary definitions were compiled in collaboration across all functional business areas, and by referencing external sources such as the U.S. Department of Education.
Glossaries by nature are evolving documents. The Antioch glossary is maintained by the Data Definitions Task Group of the Data Governance Committee. Content is reviewed periodically to assure Antioch definitions are updated to meet industry standards.
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A glossary provides a clear definition of business terms, removes individual bias and develops common understanding.
A glossary enables consistent communication between employees across functional business areas using shared understanding of common terms.
A glossary is a shared repository for trusted and curated information about institutional data. A glossary expedites training of new and existing employees as a self-serve resource.
Defining data stewardship
A glossary is developed by subject matter experts then reviewed and approved according to Data Governance structures. Data stewardship is critical to creating and maintaining glossary content.
A glossary helps separate data assumptions from data consumption. Tacit data assumptions are a common reason for data distrust. Glossaries help reduce misuse of data due to inaccurate understanding of business concepts and terms. An accessible glossary exposes data consumers to shared understanding of key data terms, increasing trust and confidence.
A glossary helps codify data definitions critical to analytic reporting, providing an important reference for report developers and report users. A glossary can improve productivity and timeliness of the decision-making process.