5 DATA DEFINITION AND NAMING
Developing data definitions that can be used as corporate standards is seen by many as the primary role of the data administrator. Data definitions should be developed using conventions or guidelines that specify what constitutes a data definition and how the names of data ‘objects’ are to be formed. This chapter introduces definition and naming concepts applicable to structured data that is to be implemented using a relational database management system.
THE ELEMENTS OF A DATA DEFINITION
Guidelines are essential to ensure that each data object – entity type, attribute, relationship, table, column and so on – is documented to a particular standard. This standard must provide the minimum acceptable level of descriptive ...