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Getting Started with Data Cookbook

Creators of Definitions - Standards

Creators of Specifications - Standards

Metadata Software

A key component of data governance is an enterprise source of data definitions, standard reports and dashboards. Designed for higher education, Data Cookbook software is this enterprise source for Purdue. It allows the institution to discuss, agree upon, document and share definitions and report specs. Having a well-documented data dictionary and catalog of official, standard reports allows for the efficient use of the abundance of institutional data.

Casual users are able to search using everyday language. The report and dashboard catalog provides the business purpose, fields contained, owner and sources. This will allow the determination of the appropriate report or dashboard to use.

In January 2019, Cognos metadata for the standard Student reports was imported into Data Cookbook. Draft report specifications are now available for all standard student reports. The specs will be improved going forward, however campus staff can now do a search on specs in Cookbook to find Cognos standard reports that may meet their need. For example a search on the keyword “credit”, yields 20 standard reports. The path to the Cognos report is included. Fields included in each report will be added in the future.

The new information workflow feature will streamline requests for additional standard reports and provide governance around that process. If a new report is needed or a change to a current one, the request is transparent to the community.

Functional Area

Alumni / UD
Blackboard Transact
Financial Aid
Graduate School
Graduate Slate
Human Resources
Institutional Research
Online Learning
Physical Facilities 
Student Life

Functional Data Owner

Steve Lipps
Greg Kapp
Loribeth Hettinger
Steve Lipps
Steve Lipps
Don Brier
Grad School Admissions
Stephanie Willis
Steve Lipps
Kevin Maurer

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