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Data Dicionary

Discussion in 'Information Technology' started by npage, Jul 28, 2006.

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  1. npage

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    I have built a database with Microsoft Access, but I need to produce a Data
    Dictionary.

    Problem is, I have no idea how to do this!

    Any help would be appreciated.
     
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  3. Larry Linson

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    "npage" <npage@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote

    > I have built a database with Microsoft Access, but
    > I need to produce a Data
    > Dictionary.
    >
    > Problem is, I have no idea how to do this!


    "Data Dictionary" has different meanings to different people in different
    contexts. If you can define what the "Data Dictionary" you need to product
    is supposed to contain, then perhaps someone can help.

    Problem is, this sounds suspciously like a school homework assignment and we
    try not to deny students the learning experience of doing their own
    homework. However, if on the Database Window, you click Tools | Analyze |
    Documenter and explore the options, that's the extent of the documentation
    that you can extract just using Access. Whether it meets your requirements
    or not, only you, and the person who defines "data dictionary" to you can
    determine.

    In general, products with which I have worked that had a part called data
    dictionary had descriptions of the data elements, units if they were
    numeric, what they were used for, etc. -- not all of which are available in
    the Access Documenter.

    Larry Linson
    Microsoft Access MVP
     
  4. Jim Ory

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    NPAGE,

    I looked up Data Dictionary on the Internet and Wikipedia said it was like
    another database by itself. I'm going to assume here that because you stated:

    <I have built a database with Microsoft Access, but I need to produce a Data
    Dictionary.> you are attempting to define or document your database.

    I'm not sure if that's what you want. But, and I'm only a beginner, if it is
    a documenter that you require, then Access has that built in.

    Tools | Analyze | Documenter

    A really more useful, or rather, extensively detailed documenter can be
    found at:

    http://home.bendbroadband.com/conradsystems/accessjunkie/csdtools.html

    This is an Add-In and works very well. You should check it out for all its
    features.

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    Jim Ory


    "npage" wrote:

    > I have built a database with Microsoft Access, but I need to produce a Data
    > Dictionary.
    >
    > Problem is, I have no idea how to do this!
    >
    > Any help would be appreciated.
     
  5. Jeff Conrad

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  6. Jim Ory

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    You're welcome Jeff. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.
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    Jim Ory


    "Jeff Conrad" wrote:

    > "Jim Ory" wrote in message:
    > news:953D7665-8FDC-4184-BB6A-DEA4EB364BA3@microsoft.com...
    >
    > > A really more useful, or rather, extensively detailed documenter can be
    > > found at:
    > >
    > > http://home.bendbroadband.com/conradsystems/accessjunkie/csdtools.html
    > >
    > > This is an Add-In and works very well. You should check it out for all its
    > > features.

    >
    > Thanks Jim!
    > :)
    > --
    > Jeff Conrad
    > Access Junkie - MVP
    > http://home.bendbroadband.com/conradsystems/accessjunkie.html
    > http://www.access.qbuilt.com/html/articles.html
    >
    >
    >
     

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