The basic unit of information in the EDI standards containing a set of values that represents a singular fact. It may be a single-character code, a literal description, or a numeric value. Examples of a data element are: price, product code and product attribute such as size or color.
the digital representation of a fact or an event. It is the raw material required to produce information. There are three types of data elements: descriptive, indicative, and quantitative (see respective listings). A descriptive data element is used to describe names, routings, addresses, text, etc. An indicative data element is used to uniquely identify objects, in part or in full, and usually consists of identification numbers and codes. Quantitative data elements are numeric values, such as quantities and percentages. There are only three things that can happen to a data element: it can be created, updated, or referenced. Data elements also come in two forms, primary and generated (see listings). Primary data elements are entered into an information system by a user. Generated data elements are developed internally within the system and most often made up of quantitative data elements. Generated data elements are created based on some form of logic, such as a calculation or formula. (Also see Group Data).
The basic unit of information in the EDI standards containing a set of values that represent a singular fact. It may be single-character codes, literal descriptions, or numeric values. For every piece of information a paper document, there is a corresponding data element in the electronic document or transaction set.
the smallest unit of information that can be understood (or perceived) by an end user. (Durrell definition). A logical data element becomes a column in a relational context and a field in a record-oriented context.
The basic units of information in the EDI standards and conventions containing a set of values that represent a singular fact. Data elements may be single character codes, literal descriptions, or numeric values.
The smallest unit of information in a transaction set. Data elements are combined to make data segments. It is the equivalent of a "field" in the data processing. This is also simply called an "element".
The basic units of information in the EDI standards containing a set of values that represent a singular fact. They may be single character codes, literal descriptions or numeric values. EXAMPLE: "PURCHASE-ORDER-NUMBER."
Smallest named item in the EDI standard (qualifier, data value or textual comment) with two primary attributes, length and type. It is similar to a field in a database record (also see Element.). This is the basic unit of information in the EDI standards containing a set of values that represent a singular fact. It may be single-character codes, literal descriptions, or numeric values.
One or more data items forming a unit or piece of information as defined in the data dictionary of a system of EDI Standards and contained in an EDI message or transaction set. The term "data element" is often abbreviated as "DE" followed immediately by the data element number (i.e., data element 128 would be abbreviated as DE128).
Smallest named item in the EDI standard (qualifier, data value or textual comment) with two primary attributes: length and type. This is the basic unit of information in the EDI standards containing a set of values that represents a singular fact. It may be single-character codes, literal descriptions or numeric values. It is similar to a field in a database record. (See Element.)
A unit of data for which the definition, identification, representation and permissible values are specified by means of a set of attributes. (ISO 11179-1) A data set is a defined collection of data elements, e.g., " nursing diagnosis" is a data element in the Nursing Minimum Data Set.
A class of qualities being used to describe various operational units used by the CASE system to express data. In the present model, a data element must be assigned to every attribute. Data elements are unique, but more than one attribute and/or data item may have the same data element assigned to it. The qualities which can be defined include semantics (description of its problem-domain meaning), technical type (e.g. "Integer", "Char(5)"), value range (a condition for, or an enumeration of the permitted values for the range), and default value.
The basic unit of identifiable and definable information. A data element occupies the space provided by fields in a record or blocks on a form. It has an identifying name and value or values for expressing a specific fact. For example, a data element name
(Attribute, Element, Keyword) A data element is a characteristic of an object or group of objects provided in a PDS label. For example, in a label containing the line TARGET_NAME = JUPITER the data element is TARGET_NAME. Some data elements describe the physical or logical characteristics of the data (the number of ROWS in a table, for example). Others describe the content of the data (MINIMUM_WAVELENGTH of a spectrum, for example) or information to be used in interpreting the data (such as a UNIT of measure). The terms attribute, element, and keyword are often used interchangeably with data element.
The smallest and simplest unit of data that imparts meaningful information, generally corresponding to a field in a database file or a blank on a paper or electronic form. For example, name, address, work title, social security number, PERS number, record series title, and record group number all represent data elements.
An item used to contain data values. A data element can be a field in a relational database, a column in a flat file, an attribute used to describe spatial data, or a row or column in a spreadsheet. Examples of data elements are name, date, length, time, or cost.
(1) (ISO) A named unit of data that, in some contexts, is considered indivisible and in other contexts may consist of data items. (2) A named identifier of each of the entities and their attributes that are represented in a database.