What is a Glossary?
A glossary is a reference file that contains definitions and descriptions of terms used within a column of data. It supplements the data dictionary. Often times terms used within data may need additional explanation. If any of the columns within your dataset requires a glossary, it is recommended you include it in a text file that can be attached to the dataset. Below are some recommendations on what it should include:
- Name of dataset
- URL for the dataset
- Name of column the glossary is associated with.
- Column description provided on open data portal.
- List of terms used within appropriate column, and definition associated with each.
Dataset Name: Iowa Prison Population - Year End
Dataset URL: https://data.iowa.gov/d/murf-9x69
Column: Offense Type Most Serious Crime
Violent Crimes: Violent crimes include assault, kidnapping, murder, manslaughter, robbery, rape and other sex offenses.
Property Crimes: Property crimes include arson, burglary, forgery, fraud, theft, and vandalism (criminal mischief).
Drug Crimes: Drug crimes are related to the manufacture, distribution, and possession of controlled substances; and drug tax stamp violations.
Public Order Crimes: Public order crimes include drunken driving, flight/escape, gambling, intoxication, prostitution, traffic violations, weapons (illegal possession, illegal trafficking, etc.).
Other/Miscellaneous: Other/miscellaneous include animal-related violations, business violations, health/medical violations, and other court, criminal and government violations not easily classified in other categories.
File should be named after the column and include "glossary" (e.g. Offense-Type-Most-Serious-Crime-Glossary.txt)
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Open Data, Metadata, Dataset Glossary