Definition: Element or data element is the building block of the metadata dictionary. A term, word, value, number, statistic, code, etc. that fills the cell or field in a database, a form, a collection, etc.

What This Means: The metadata dictionary for an education agency should include all the data elements across all collections, repositories, and outputs/reports. Then the definitions of each element should be standardized to be consistent wherever that element occurs. As used in DataSpecs, elements are the individual data elements that make up a Data Dictionary.


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