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Mon., May 24th - Data Stewardship Best Practices 1-1:30pm Eastern

Wed., May 26th - Demonstration of the Data Cookbook Data Stewardship Features 2-3pm Eastern

Mon., June 7th - Management and Oversight of Data Governance Best Practices 1-1:30pm Eastern

Wed., June 9th - Demonstration of the Data Cookbook Data Governance Management and Oversight Features 2-3pm Eastern

Mon., June 14th - Managing Data Requests Best Practices 1-1:30pm Eastern

Wed., June 16th - Demonstration of the Data Cookbook Managing Data Requests Features 2-3pm Eastern

Fri., June 18th - The Data Cookbook and a Pragmatic Approach for Implementing Data Governance / Data Intelligence 2-3:30pm Eastern

Mon., June 21st - Data Lineage Best Practices 1-1:30pm Eastern

Wed., June 23rd - Demonstration of the Data Cookbook Data Lineage Features 2-3pm Eastern

Mon., June 28th - Data Policy Attributes Best Practices 1-1:30pm Eastern

Wed., June 30th - Demonstration of the Data Cookbook Data Policy Attributes Features 2-3pm

Mon., July 12th - Best Practices on Integrating Your Data Governance Content Within Your Reporting Tools 1-1:30pm Eastern

Wed., July 14th - Demonstration of the Data Cookbook Features About Integrating Your Data Governance Content Within Your Reporting Tools 2-3pm Eastern

Wed., July 21st - Data Governance / Data Intelligence Best Practices 2-3pm Eastern

Wed., Sept. 15th - The Data Cookbook and a Pragmatic Approach for Implementing Data Governance / Data Intelligence 2-3:30pm Eastern

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The Data Cookbook is your place to start on a clear path from question to answer  

With the Data Cookbook, companies, organizations or institutions can organize and access the trusted and governed data they need to make better decisions and take more effective actions.

Organizations collect and store abundant, valuable data. Unfortunately, it is not always easy to access, understand, or utilize this data. As a result, staff can too often spend an enormous amount of time learning where data is stored, defining what it means in a given context, figuring out how to access and share it, and then repeating the process--because there is no easy way to record what they’ve already decided or learned. The Data Cookbook helps you solve these problems.

The Data Cookbook is an established, well-supported tool for data management, used at hundreds of organizations. A collaborative repository of knowledge about institutional data, it helps organizations improve their data management practices, thereby saving time, energy, and money, by reducing duplication of effort, clearing up confusion, and limiting or eliminating other data challenges.

General Features

  • Workflows for Collaboration and Communication
  • Unlimited Users in an Accessible Knowledge Base
  • Crosswalks between Functional and Technical Information-


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Business Glossary and Data Catalog

The Data Cookbook provides a knowledge base about your data, which provides many benefits, including eliminating the frustration of having multiple definitions for a common term.  You can now easily find and maintain organizational knowledge on data across all systems at your organization.  Efficiency is gained by standardizing reporting procedures, using templates and workflows provided by the Data Cookbook. Faster and more effective creation of reports is achieved with an intuitive, repeatable process.  The Data Cookbook is compatible with leading reporting solutions.  Time, energy, and money are saved with the good data management practices the Data Cookbook helps you create.

Key Features

  • Business Glossary - Functional Definitions
  • Data Dictionary - Technical Definitions
  • Data Catalog - Report and Data Extract Specifications
  • Data Request and Deliverable Approval Process
  • Customizable Specification Templates
  • Reporting Calendars, Milestones and Events



Data Governance Workflows

Requests for information and reports occur all the time at organizations.  The Data Cookbook manages these requests and makes sure that the proper individuals get notified when it is time for them to act.

Key Features

  • Definition Approval Workflow
  • Report Specification Request/Change Workflow
  • Information Request Workflow
  • Change Management / Impact Analysis
  • Customizable Workflows for Data Quality Rules and Issues


Data Quality

Document and approve data quality rules (functional and technical details), including lists of valid values for a field or definition, and report and resolve data quality issues.  Data quality rules can exist independently or as attributes of your data definitions.

With the integration capabilities of the Data Cookbook (by its use of the IDataHub), many automations can be added:

  • Reference data (valid value lists) can be kept in synch with your data systems
  • Data quality rules can be executed and validated on your data systems
  • Issues identified can be automatically reported back through the data quality issue resolution workflow 


Key Features

  • Ensure that your validation rules and quality checks are documented and connected with your business glossary.
  • These rules are reviewed and approved by stewards. Provide a workflow for reporting and resolving data quality issues that involve your data governance structures.
  • Integrate with your data systems using the IDataHub to exercise the quality rules and push any exceptions into the workflow for resolving quality issues.

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Technical Metadata

Detailed technical documentation can be stored in the Data Cookbook, including bite-sized ERDs generated from primary & foreign key information, for all data systems within your organization.  Track owners, access, security rules, and other hard-to-find information on all data systems.  Connect your technical data and reporting definitions to data model objects.  Notify key players when data models are altered.

Key Features

  • Increase the value of your business glossary by relating it directly to the data model of your source systems.
  • Visualize your data systems by importing their structures into the Data Cookbook. Impact analysis allows you to find and resolve the ripple effects on your business glossary and reporting deliverables caused by changes to underlying data systems.
  • Integrate directly with your data systems using the IDataHub to automate the initial import and keep technical information current.

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Advanced Specifications

In the Data Cookbook you can document many different types of data deliverables as specifications. Using customizable specification templates,  it's easier than ever to distinguish between ETL, data mappings, dashboards, pivot tables, and other templates specific to reporting tools.  Capture only the information you need, and if desired view visual relationships between data elements based on the mappings you have documented.

In addition, extend your specifications with your own attributes including events and dates to support a reporting calendar.  Another feature - collections - provides a way to group and work with specifications that are related (such as surveys or fact books)

Key Features

  • Provide a default set of requirements to capture for each different kind of reporting done on campus.
  • Increase effectiveness of reporting by providing a way to capture different sets of requirements for different kinds of reporting.

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IDataHub Integration Suite

The IDataHub is a separately licensed product that is used by the Data Cookbook to provide integrations between your Data Cookbook account and your organization's data systems.

The IDataHub integration suite includes components to read your Data Quality Rules from the Data Cookbook and test them against your data systems. Failing results can be sent back to the Data Cookbook to be handled by the workflow for resolution of data quality issues.  This suite also includes comnnectors to import technical metadata about your data systems for use in the Data Cookbook, and tools to synchronize reference data (lists of valid values). Changes to these lists can be managed in the Data Cookbook with an impact resolution workflow.

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