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Reference Data : A term used to classify data that is, or should be, standardised, common to and shared by multiple application systems, such as Customer, Supplier, Product, Country, or Postal Code. Reference data tends to be data about permanent entity types and domain value sets to be stored in tables or files, as opposed to business event entity types.

[Category=Data Quality ]

Source: Larry English, External, 08-Feb-2009 12:08

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Reference Data - Data that is used to categorize other data (e.g., code tables or lookup tables) or for relating data in a database to information beyond the boundaries of the enterprise. Reference Data can be considered the simplest type of Master Data. See also Master Data.

[Category=Data Governance ]

Source: The Data Governance Institute, 21 December 2009 10:19:53, External

Reference Data - Database(s) or datasets that uniquely identify key entities for a business. Reference data can be customer records, security reference and other support reference files.

[Category=Data Cleansing ]

Source: X4DB, 24 May 2010 08:43:55, External

Reference Data - Reference data is any kind of data that is used solely to categorize other data found in a database, or solely for relating data in a database to information beyond the boundaries of the enterprise.

[Category=Information Management ]

Source:, 04 July 2010 08:23:29, External

Reference Data - Business data that has a consistent meaning and definition and is used for reference and validation (Process, Person, Vendor, and Customer, for example). Reference data is fundamental to the operation of the business. The data is used for transaction validation by the data capture environment, decision support systems, and for representation of business rules. Its source for distribution and use is a data warehouse.

[Category=Data Warehousing ]

Source:, 10 August 2010 08:48:44, External

reference data - European term for a collaborative effort to create a widely available source of basic geographic data, providing national or European coverage of a set of common digital geographic data such as Elevation, Transportation, Hydrography, Cadastral, Geodetic Control, Governmental Units, etc. (Similar to "framework data" in the U.S.)

[Category=Geospatial ]

Source: Open Geospatial Consortium, 02 July 2011 09:40:51, External

reference data - [geocoding] In geocoding, material containing the location and address information of specific features. Reference data consists of the spatial representation of the data and the related attribute table.

[Category=Geospatial ]

Source: esri, 28 July 2012 10:00:00, External

reference data - Reference data, in the context of data management, are the data objects relevant to transactions, consisting of sets of values, statuses or classification schema. An example would be order statuses and their related codes, such as “canceled” and its related code, “CN,” required for reference purposes in an online order system.

Reference data is generally uniform, company-wide, and can be either created within a country or by external standardization bodies. Some types of reference data, such as currencies and currency codes, are always standardized. Others, such as the positions of employees within an organization, are less standardized.

As a part of transactional records, reference data are grouped with associated master data and transactional data.

[Category=Data Management ]

Source:, 04 September 2013 09:12:10, External

reference data - Data that describes an object and its properties. The object may be physical or virtual.

[Category=Big Data ]

Source: DataInformed, 08 November 2013 09:03:49, External

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