The Data Infrastructure team has done a lot of work lately to improve the way we talk about our products and services.
One of the ways we’ve done this is by defining the terms we use to describe the things we’re building. Previously, a lot of the teams within Data Infrastructure used similar words to describe different features of different products. There was a risk this could cause confusion, so we decided to come up with clear definitions of commonly used words and make sure we use them consistently.
Since agreeing a common language for registers and clarifying how we talk about addresses, we’ve been looking at how we describe the work we do around publishing, managing and sharing data. This involves collecting, organising and defining more words, and compiling them in a list.
While doing this, we realised that a lot of the words we use aren’t necessarily exclusive to the products and services we build. People who work with data in other departments and agencies are likely to use these words day-to-day too.
We wanted to know how people across government use and define these words. For example, does “datatype” mean one thing to us and something completely different to someone else? To find out, we’ve decided to make our list available for everyone to see. You can now find it on Hackpad.
We’d love to get your feedback on this so we can continue to improve it. Please leave your comments below, or on the Hackpad itself.