Enclosure (1) to COMDTINST 5230.42A
APPENDIX D: GLOSSARY
APPROVED DATA ELEMENT - Candidate data elements which have been approved for
ATTRIBUTE - A characteristic, property, or description of a data element.
ARCHIVED DATA ELEMENT - Installed data elements which no longer support a data
BASELINE CONFIGURATION - A configuration that consists of an inventory of information
resources (hardware, software, or data, or any combination thereof) currently operational within the
CANDIDATE DATA ELEMENT - The status assigned to a new or change to an existing data
element that has been defined and submitted to proponents for approval.
CLASS WORD - The class word is used to specify the type of information maintained about the
Prime Word of the data element name. The Class Word identifies/describes the use or purpose of
the data element.
CONCEPTUAL SCHEMA - A model of the "real world" operations and applications. In the
Coast Guard, a description of the data required to support its "business functions".
DATA - A noncontextual representation of facts, concepts,, and instructions in a defined format
and structure which permits processing by people or machines to derive information.
Representations of people, places, things, concepts, events, or activities in a defined format and
structure from which information may be derived.
DATA ADMINISTRATION FUNCTION - The DA function in the Coast Guard (G-TTC-3) has
the overall responsibility for the CG's data resources and for the administration, control, and
coordination of all data-related activities. DA has the responsibility for planning and defining the
conceptual framework for the overall database environment.
DATA BASE - A repository for stored data that is shared and integrated. A data collection so
organized for computer processing so as to optimize storage and improve the independence of the
stored data structure from the processing programs.
DATA BASE ADMINISTRATOR - An individual or organizational unit generally responsible
for all physical activities relating to maintenance, control, and modification of particular data bases.