In the steering committee meeting on February 18, we reviewed the significant recent progress in standardizing the data dictionary. Contents are becoming significantly more structured, allowing the information to be increasingly useful and flexible. Recent improvements include:
- Attributes are now all explicitly noted in the Is Attribute Of field; this information is much more reliable than the many ways attribute structures had been tracked before
- Common core content in Relationships and Discrepancies have been extracted into distinct fields (Is Type Of; Different From)
- All available details on approval statuses are explicitly noted; the Status field now allows for progress metrics (e.g., IPE, SIRIS).
- Types of references to external content has been assessed; citation formats identified and standardized; goals articulated; documentation in development.