Data Source


Definition: A data source is the location (e.g., file, software application, folder, form, data store, etc.) where data are accessed.

What This Means: Identifying and documenting the source for each datum is crucial in an education agency to understand data quality, to establish confidence in the data, and to interpret the meaning of the data. The metadata dictionary establishes the data source for all data. At times, multiple data sources exist. The metadata dictionary must then designate the authoritative data source for an element.


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