Look no further for candidate data classes

I followed a link on a Linked In discussion group today, to the home page of the Universal Data Element Framework (UDEF), which is “a framework for describing data to enable interoperability”.  It’s a great place to work with if you want to kick-start data modelling efforts. See their list of definitions and properties at http://www.opengroup.org/udef/htm/en_defs.htm.

If you’re looking for a list of data classes for your attribute naming standards, their properties (amount, identifier, text, value etc.) probably cover everything you need.

2 thoughts on “Look no further for candidate data classes

  1. Peter Campbell April 16, 2012 / 12:56

    Hi George,

    Thanks for that, it’s a very useful list. In a previous project (previous client) we had a
    list of “class words” which were equivalent to the UDEF list of properties. Slightly
    different, in that we also had “description” (which was usually smaller than a Text),
    and we had a “Binary Object” (which in the UDEF list is broken down into graphic,
    sound, video). We also had a “Count”, which was always an integer (or small
    integer), never decimal, then we had plenty of discussions about where an
    attribute was a value, price, or amount (this was in the finance industry, of course).
    All in all, we had somewhere between 20 and 25 of these.

    I’ll pass the list around here, it should make things clear to a few people who are
    not familiar with these things.

    Best regards,
    Peter A. Campbell

Leave a Reply