Enterprises continue to grow and so does the complexity of their data environment, including data terminology both internal and external to a particular enterprise. Consider a firm that builds computer chips for new devices. Each project may have its own Database System and Data Dictionary. Yet engineers, management, accountants, and customers need to speak the same language to understand one another. A Data or Business Glossary solves this complexity, by referencing vocabulary needed to run the company. A Business Glossary covers multiple Data Dictionaries and business segments.

What is a Business Glossary?

A Business Glossary defines terms across a business domain, providing an authoritative source for all business operations, including its Database Systems. Although the term “Business Glossary” and “Data Dictionary” may be used interchangeably, they have different meanings. Take the Linked Data Glossary, created by the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium). This Business Glossary helps IT managers, Web developers and the everyday visitor understand “publishing structured data using Linked Data Principles.

Advantages of a Business Glossary

  • Allows the Business to Own Terms and Meaning
  • Highlights How Vocabulary may Differ across Business Functions
  • Ensures more Trust in Data across the Business

Source: Dataversity by Michelle Knight

Fact Oriented Modeling

Using Fact Oriented Modeling, specifically CaseTalk, the users are able to customize their own custom attribute definitions to provide administrative functions to add glossary functions and definitions to all information elements.

This way the jargon of the domain experts is combined with concrete examples in natural language, scope, ownership, interviewers, departments, status, definitions, descriptions, etc..

It is a powerful combination to build the business glossary and have it even tie in with data models derived by CaseTalk.tions to their models. One can declare various categories of attribute sets, and attribute values, as well as custom annotations.


Starting at version 9.6, the business glossary can be exported using a single menu item. It will export all terms, annotations, relations, contexts, and your own defined custom attributes in a convenient single spreadsheet.

Business Glossary Spreadsheet