Data Slang

Data Slang

During a recent Data Modeling Master Class, a participant was describing a data integration challenge and used the terms ‘munged’ and ‘refarkle’ in his explanation. Here are their definitions:

munged – “To transform data in an undefined or unexplained manner” (Wikipedia)refarkle – To break a complex data structure or set of data into simpler piecesUsing both in a sentence: The source system had completely munged vendor and purchase order data adding weeks of unanticipated coding for the data warehouse developers to refarkle vendor.I am always interested in expanding my vocabulary (‘5NF’ and ‘stability partitioning’ only go so far!), so for this challenge what other cool data terms (along with their definitions) do you use or have encountered in the data world?

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