3. Data Description    (3X0B)

This chapter describes the Data Description standardization area of the DRM. The purpose of this standardization area is to enable the uniform description of data in order to enable mission-critical capabilities such as data discovery, reuse, harmonization, sharing and exchange, as well as rapid coordination and communication clarity in cross-government actions. The Data Description standardization area addresses the question of “How do you understand what data is available and what it means?” Through the generation of Data Description artifacts, data within an agency can be categorized, discovered, and shared. It further enables data to be clearly tied to LoBs and specific agency missions. The chapter establishes guidance for the description of the types of data depicted in the DRM abstract model.    (3X0C)