I'm tasked with showing a model (from a business perspective) how 4 systems are being incoporated into one model (like a common data model). The data model is very high-level (non technical) and representing that information in a data dictionary. I'm getting stuck on how to represent it in a data dictionary because I have data coming from multiple systems. How do you represent the same data element from different systems in a way that makes sense and looks good and provides explanation on what the particular field means from a business perspective? Any examples would be greatly appreciative and/or a place to look on the internet anywhere or particular site?

Thank you!

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It seems that you need a way to detail 1) what the properties represent, and 2) where they can possibly come from.

Perhaps some variation of the following data table can concisely communicate the necessary details.

For this example, let's imagine the object in question is a "user profile" object that is being constructed from data collected over several applications.


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