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A Survey of Eleven Government-Developed Data Element Dictionary/Directory Systems



Belkis L. Hong


This report presents the current state-of-the-art of government-developed Data Element Dictionary/Directory (DED/D) systems. DED/D's are software tools used for managing and controlling information and data. Eleven DED/D systems are described, first using a side-by-side features presentation approach, and followed by narrative systems descriptions which highlight special capabilities and experiences with each system. Information presented in this report is intended to serve both the technical and administrative ADP community.
Special Publication (NIST SP) - 500-16
Report Number


ADP, automated data processing, computer software, data element dictionary, data element dictionary/directory, data management, software tool


Hong, B. (1977), A Survey of Eleven Government-Developed Data Element Dictionary/Directory Systems, Special Publication (NIST SP), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD (Accessed June 24, 2024)


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Created August 16, 1977, Updated June 10, 2010