The DG Center, utilizing the Collibra data governance platform, contains a wide variety of information about data at Stanford covering multiple subject areas like finance, students and HR. For finance it is particularly important in defining the data terms used in Oracle Business Intelligence (OBI) reporting and in which reports they are available.
Stanford Data Governance (DG) Center
The DG Center, utilizing the Collibra data governance platform, contains a wide variety of information about data at Stanford including:
|Data definitions||The business definition for a term as it is used at Stanford|
|Alternate names||The alternate names (e.g., familiar names, system names) for a term, which allow you to find a term and trace its usage across systems|
|Sample values||Possible values for a data element|
|Business rules||The business rules that govern the usage of a data element|
|Description of code values||The text description of a code value for a data element that contains encoded values|
|Location of elements||The location of an element in the OBI Financial Reporting Ad Hoc environment (refer to Learn About System OBI for more information); this allows you to pinpoint the folder location where you can find the element for use in creating OBI Ad Hoc analyses|
This resource is available to every Stanford employee. If you have any suggestions, comments or questions on the terms or definitions, select the comment button at the top of every data dictionary or reference data page, and the data stewardship coordinator will be notified and respond to your comment.
Note that in order to access the DG Center from outside of Stanford's network, you'll need to sign in to Stanford's VPN first. See VPN (Virtual Private Network) on the university IT website for more details.
How to Search Definitions in the DG Center
The easiest way to find the definition of a term is by using the Stanford University Data Stewardship Dictionary (SUDS Dictionary), accessed through the search box at the right of each Fingate page. You can also navigate directly to the Stanford DG Center by typing https://dgcenter.stanford.edu/ into your browser address bar, and at the top right of each DG Center page, type your search criteria. Refer to the screenshot below for more information.
Enter some or all of the terms in the box, then select Enter to see a list of search results. Refer to the screenshot below for more information.
If the page you have searched for is an alias rather than a defined term, you will be directed to a disambiguation page. Select one of the linked term names to be directed to the main dictionary page for that term.
Any user may comment on any term's page by selecting the Submit Comment button at the top of each page. Note that you do not need to be logged in to submit a comment; guest users will be asked for their name and email address. Refer to the screenshot below for more information.
- For general questions regarding the content on this page or regarding specific Finance related terms in the DGC (i.e., where Responsible SUDS Group is "SUDS-FIN"), please contact Marissa Lavelle at Information Delivery Management and Architecture (IDMA), Financial Management Services.
- For other questions, please contact Data Governance group.
- Learn more about Stanford's Data Governance Program.