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About reference data

Reference data, such as code lists and authority tables, means data that are used to characterise or relate to other data. Such a controlled vocabulary defines the permissible values to be used in a specific field for example as metadata. Reference data vocabularies are fundamental building blocks of most information systems. Using common interoperable reference data is essential for achieving interoperability.

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  • Our reference data catalogue contains more than 150 datasets spanning from simple code lists to taxonomies, schemas and ontologies. Each specific type has its own specificities and usage needs....

  • Reference data is about using common resources. It brings economy of scale and it makes the exchange of data easier between systems. This is important in terms of efficiency but it might present...