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Data Catalog: The benefits and how to evaluate a data catalog!

Having a high-quality data catalog is paramount. To do that, some guidelines should be followed… check it out!

A data catalog is the foundation for you organization to be a data-first and data-enabled organization. It enables the entire body of data to concentrate all relevant data assets in entries, making all relevant information accessible in one place.

Those entries include definitions, descriptions, information on responsible individuals and much more, simplifying the search process and helping identify the data assets needed for any purpose.

What are the benefits of a data catalog?

There are numerous benefits associated with having a properly maintained data catalog, such as:

Having clearly defined data – Every single data asset is clearly defined, making it easy to find and understand any asset.

One source for all data – Having one source for all data makes it harder for inconsistencies to happen, keeping everything clean and consistent.

Easily accessible and accurate data – Most organization store massive amounts of data and having everything catalogued greatly helps with finding the right data asset needed for the right moment.

How to evaluate a data catalog?

Having a high-quality data catalog is paramount. To do that, some guidelines should be followed:

Check how easily your catalog integrates with your other tools – Your data catalog must be able to access and integrate with all data tools you use.

How automated is your catalog – Starting with your catalogue’s creation, and going all the way to any updates, it needs to be as automated as possible, so that it never becomes out of date because of user not being able to update data on time.

How extensive are your catalogues capabilities – Your catalog needs to be able to include definitions, descriptions, ratings, usage statistics, data preview and access capabilities. You should know beforehand what capabilities are needed.

How do its security features match your needs – All data needs to be properly secured, with access to it controlled. Users should only be able to access data assets that they are authorized to use. Make sure that all security requirements are met before you start anything else.

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