The ECDRS data catalogue represents a unified data dictionary as data elements are identified and brought into the ECDRS. It is also used as an index so end users can search, map, and organize data elements. We also hope to expand its capacity so that ECDRS data contributors can collaboratively grow the data catalogue.
The data elements used in ECDRS were identified when unpacking the eleven key policy questions. These data elements were subsequently grouped into logical multiple views (policy questions, indicators of progress and socio-demographic factors) with relationships defined to form a data model.
Each data element has attributes, key descriptors (e.g., name, definition source and data steward) assigned. The data elements are acquired through building data sharing agreements with governmental and non-governmental organizations at the national, state and local level as well as acquired through public datasets such as the Census Bureau.
The visualization of the data catalogue lets users visually explore the catalog and the relationships between the data elements, constructs and policy questions. It can help make sense of complex information and relationships through visual means of order and clarity, facilitated by technology. We give one example in this tool using the construct of attendance, as it is a very important factor in school success among children and youth.
If you are interested in helping us build out our data visualization tool let us know.
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