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Key business terms and critical data elements mean different things depending on their context. The Business Semantics Glossary supports the process to reach agreement and alignment between all stakeholders. It helps you capture business and data definitions, critical attributes, KPI's, processes, involve business stewards in the review or approval workflows, and easily publish the results to the entire organization.

The Collibra Business Semantics Glossary is the most user-friendly, business-focused, process-driven glossary available.



Business Glossary

Different terms mean different things depending on the context. For example: Is “Customer” the same for Finance as it is for Sales? Do the same rules apply? What are the policies? Which underlying business objectives are they representing? Who are the owners, stewards and stakeholders? A business glossary is a key component to tackle the questions above. The collaborative and iterative creation of such an inventory is a mandatory first task for the core data governance team. Once this process is up and running you have a solid foundation to move data governance forward.

Data Directory

A true data directory also includes technical metadata: which fields, columns and records are out there, and what do they mean? What is the type of the data element, and is there a limit on the length? In which system or application is the field contained? What data structures is it part of?

Consume Everywhere

Adoption and usage are key to the success of a data governance program. By integrating the Business Semantics Glossary in the current workspace of your business users, you lower the barriers and ensure adoption. Collibra has several capabilities to achieve this.

Our Glossary Everywhere application gives your end users accessibility to the glossary from any Windows application. Our integration with Microsoft Office puts the glossary content right into Office' discover feature. By integrating the glossary with your enterprise search or BI reporting environment, you really embed the solution in the day to day lives of your users.


While there are a lot of best practice methodologies, every data governance implementation remains unique. With Collibra, you can configure your own data governance operating model.

Configure your organizational governance structure by data domain, subject area, governance team, function, region, ... Assign data governance roles to people in this organizational structure and have them collaborate through workflows on the different assets in scope.


The assets in scope will often be classified based on different internal (e.g. systems, roll-ups, ...) and external (e.g. reference models, regulations, ...) information dimensions. Collibra provides you with strong modelling capabilities that can handle the most complex cases.

An unlimited amount of hierarchies and roll-ups can be defined and used to classify both business and technical assets. These internal (i.e. local / global glossaries) and/or external assets (i.e. commonly accepted models like FINREP, ICD, ...) can be mapped. All business glossary entries can be associated with rules, policies, codes, business processes, reports, KPI's, … and synonyms, acronyms, broader- and narrower terms, ontologies, fact types, and many more.


Collaboration is essential to the success of a data governance program. With Collibra, you can reach out to the right stakeholders at the right time and provide them with the right context to make sure they can do make the right decision.

Collibra's Business Semantics Glossary is a business friendly, collaborative platform where you can organize your responsibilities by assigning out of the box and custom roles. Having such a role will make sure that every stakeholder has the right permissions (e.g., to add a comment, start a workflow, ...) and is involved in the right workflows. Based on these roles, a user can provide input, reviews, comments, proposals, … Collibra provides and integrated experience where users have all necessary context to be able to efficiently make a decision. All of this is available from the e-mail client or web browser on any device.


Focus face-to-face time on the most important things. Collibra's Business Semantics Glossary will coordinate the work that can be done asynchronously by tying into your roles and responsibility framework associated with your data governance organization.

Configure and use any of Collibra's out of the box workflows (e.g., Approval, Code Proposal, Issue Management, ...) or set up your own. Just plug and play reusable components (i.e. voting, escalation, delegation, reassignment, …) and create workflows in no time.


Measure the adoption, progress and maturity of your data governance program and provide reports to the relevant stakeholders. Address questions like: How many data issues are we resolving and what's the average lead time? How many approved assets do you already have and what's the difference between Business Unit A and B? What's our responsibility coverage and how is that evolving over time?

"One of the biggest challenges was trying to convey what ownership meant. Some people were shy about being accountable for a definition or the process the data point should go through or what the quality rules for data cleansing would be. "

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