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What Is a Data Container?

A data container is a transportation solution for a database required to run from one computer system to another. A data container is a data structure that “stores and organizes virtual objects (a virtual object is a self-contained entity that consists of both data and procedures to manipulate the data).” This is similar to the packaging of a […]

What Is a Data Democracy?

A data democracy describes a methodological framework of values and actions that benefit and minimize any harm to the public or the typical user. Organizations like Data for Democracy, initiated by Bloomberg and BrightHive, and projects like Data for Democracy, established by the University of Washington to help Myanmar transition to a data democracy, are spearheading […]

What Is a Data Engineer?

Data engineers build Data Architecture  through infrastructures and foundations. A data engineer is tasked with designing and maintaining the architecture of data systems, which incorporates concepts ranging from analytic frameworks to data warehouses. Responsibilities also include configuring, managing, and scaling data pipelines. Data engineers: Have a programming background (e.g. Java, Scala or Python) Emphasize distributed […]

What Is a Data Fabric?

A Data Fabric: “Is a distributed Data Management platform whose objective is to combine various types of data storage, access, preparation, analytics, and security tools in a fully compliant manner to support seamless Data Management.”   This concept has gained traction as technologies, such as the Internet of Things, need to have a consistent way of […]

What Is a Data Lake?

A data lake is an environment where a vast amount of data, of various types and structures, can be ingested, stored, assessed, and analyzed. Data lakes serve many purposes, including: An environment for data scientists to mine and analyze data. A central storage area for raw data, with minimal, if any transformation. Alternate storage for […]

What Is a Data Mart?

A data mart is a subset of a data warehouse designed to service a specific business line or purpose. Data warehousing pioneer Ralph Kimball conceived of data marts to “begin with the most important business aspects or departments.” This bottom-up dimensional approach creates a user-friendly, flexible data scheme that delivers reports rapidly, without having to […]

What Is a Data Modeler?

A data modeler is a person who models data or documents software and business system designs. By doing this, a data modeler translates business needs into technical specifications. Developers and other IT members benefit from this when creating new data systems and troubleshooting and maintaining them. Data models promote consensus among developers, customers, and other […]

What Is a Data Scientist?

Data scientists emphasize rigor and performance when obtaining, scrubbing, exploring, modeling, and interpreting data. Data scientists provide a different context than data analysts to their work, through high-powered math. Josh Wills, a software engineer, once described a data scientist as a “person who is better at statistics than any software engineer and better at software […]

What Is a Data Silo?

Data silos have often had a negative connotation. They describe isolated data islands that appear or are discovered upon finding disjointed Data Management components. These include: Systems that cannot programmatically work with other systems because of older or incompatible code Fixed data that is controlled by one department or team but is cut off from […]

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