D - Definitions

  • D

    dark data

    Dark data is digital information that is not being used. Consulting and market research company Gartner Inc. describes dark data as "information assets that an organization collects, processes and stores in the course of its regular business activity, but generally fails to use for other purposes."

  • data

    In computing, data is information that has been translated into a form that is efficient for movement or processing.

  • data analytics (DA)

    Data analytics (DA) is the science of examining raw data with the purpose of drawing conclusions about that information.

  • data catalog

    A data catalog is a metadata management tool designed to help organizations find and manage large amounts of data – including tables, files and databases – stored in their ERP, human resources, finance and e-commerce systems as well as other sources like social media feeds.

  • data classification

    Data classification is the process of organizing data into categories for its most effective and efficient use. A well-planned data classification system makes essential data easy to find and retrieve.

  • data dredging (data fishing)

    Data dredging, sometimes referred to as data fishing is a data mining practice in which large volumes of data are searched to find any possible relationships between data...

  • data engineer

    A data engineer is a worker whose primary job responsibilities involve preparing data for analytical or operational uses.

  • data federation software

    Data federation software is programming that provides an organization with the ability to collect data from disparate sources and aggregate it in a virtual database where it can be used for business intelligence (BI) or other analysis.

  • data governance (DG)

    Data governance (DG) is the overall management of the availability, usability, integrity and security of data used in an enterprise. A sound data governance program includes a governing body or council, a defined set of procedures and a plan to execute those procedures.

  • data management

    Data management is the practice of organizing and maintaining data processes to meet ongoing information lifecycle needs.

  • data management-as-a-service (DMaaS)

    Data Management-as-a-Service (DMaaS) is a type of cloud service that provides protection, governance and intelligence across a company’s various data sources.

  • data mart (datamart)

    A data mart is a repository of data that is designed to serve a particular community of knowledge workers.

  • data modeling

    Data modeling is the process of documenting a complex software system design as an easily understood diagram, using text and symbols to represent the way data needs to flow.

  • data profiling

    Data profiling, also called data archeology, is the statistical analysis and assessment of the quality of data values within a data set for consistency, uniqueness and logic.  

  • data quality

    Data quality is a perception or an assessment of data's fitness to serve its purpose in a given context.

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