Data element name
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A data element name is a name given to a data element in, for example, a data dictionary or metadata registry. In a formal data dictionary, there is often a requirement that no two data elements may have the same name, to allow the data element name to become an identifier, though some data dictionaries may provide ways to qualify the name in some way, for example by the application system or other context in which it occurs.
In a database driven data dictionary, the fully qualified data element name may become the primary key, or an alternate key, of a Data Elements table of the data dictionary.
- Object, Property and Representation term.
Example of ISO/IEC 11179 name in XML
Object [Qualifier] Property RepresentationTerm
The specification also includes normative documentation in appendices.
For example the XML element for a person's given (first) name would be expressed as:
Where Person is the Object=Person, Property=Given and Representation term="Name". In this case the optional qualifier is not used.