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For the last couple of years, I have been looking for ways to build, maintain and share a glossary of terms that can be used by data related professionals. With the launch of the Data community, there is an opportunity to utilize the power of this collective working group to share thoughts for building and improving a glossary of terms that we can all use as we strive to get our exact points across in our documents, presentations, proposals, and other forms of communication. The goal is to have a source of definitions that are free to use, with the certainty that comes from the backing of comments and edits from this community, drawing from the energy, knowledge and interest from all of us. Using the format of a discussion group, we can all see where there is conflict and agreement on terms and usage. We may also find that some words elicit emotional reactions.
It should be fun, especially if you are a word and data geek like I am.
Please let me know your thoughts, and if you have any interest in this project. In the meantime, here's a draft definition of a first term:
Please offer suggestions on improving this definition-- I've written it purely as a starting point.
As we get a number of terms defined, we'll post a version of the glossary as a document for download. At that time, I'll start another thread asking for some input on version control and best practices for shared documents.