This Glossary of Common Data Terms was developed locally as a non-technical resource for those interested in expanding their functional data vocabulary. This glossary contains commonly used data terms defined in easy-to-understand language. Although the definitions are informal and non-academic, the following academic texts heavily informed their development:

Shryock, H.S., and Siegel, J.S. The Methods and Materials of Demography. San Diego, CA: Academic Press, 1976.
Haupt, A. and Kane, T.T. Population Handbook. Washington, DC: Population Reference Bureau, Inc., 1978.

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There are currently 2 names in this directory beginning with the letter H.
Health information exchange (HIE)
in generally refers to the electronic transfer of health-related information among organizations. The term is commonly used to describe the central database of health-related information as well as the organization that assembles and manages that data.

High school graduation rate
specific rate measuring number of students from a cohort of 9th graders having graduated from high school by their anticipated graduation date per 100 students in the same 9th grade cohort. The cohort includes students who enroll during the second, third, and fourth years. See Cohort and Rate.




Below are a few of the many free resources available online for those who would like to learn more about data, from the basics to advanced concepts and skills.

  1. School of Data.
  2. Data-Pop Alliance.
  3. Oceans of Data Institute.