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ENTITY

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Definition:
A concrete or abstract thing including associations among these things e.g. a person, object, event, idea, process, etc.

Context:
An entity exists whether data about it are available or not. [ISO/IEC 2382-17:1999, 17.02.05]

A real world phenomenon of a given type. In database management systems, the collection of objects (e.g. persons or places) that share the same attributes. Entities are defined during conceptual database design (Handbook on Geographic Information Systems and Digital Mapping, Studies in Methods, Series F, No. 79, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Statistics Division, New York, 2000, Annex VI - Glossary).

Source Publication:
ISO/IEC FDIS 11179-1 "Information technology - Metadata registries - Part 1: Framework", March 2004.

Cross References:
Attribute
ISO / IEC 11179
Ontology

Statistical Theme: Methodological information (metadata)

Glossary Output Segments:
SDMX

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Monday, December 19, 2005