What is golden record? - Definition from WhatIs.com
Part of the Data and data management glossary:

A golden record is a single, well-defined version of all the data entities in an organizational ecosystem. In this context, a golden record is sometimes called the "single version of the truth," where "truth" is understood to mean the reference to which data users can turn when they want to ensure that they have the correct version of a piece of information. The golden record encompasses all the data in every system of record (SOR) within a particular organization. 

An SOR is an information storage and retrieval system (ISRS) that serves as the authoritative source for a particular data element in a system containing multiple sources of the same element. To ensure data integrity, a single SOR must always exist for each and every data element. 

According to Cogmento, a major cloud computing resource vendor, a well-maintained, current golden record should be a fundamental element of the Master Data Management (MDM) policy for every enterprise.

The word "golden" is sometimes used in IT to express the importance of some type of source. In the context of virtualization, for example, a golden image is a template for a virtual machine (VM), virtual desktop, servers, or hard disk drive (HDD).

This was last updated in May 2013
Contributor(s): Stan Gibilisco
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

Related Terms

Definitions

  • data shadow

    - A data shadow is the collective body of data that is automatically generated and recorded as we go about our lives rather than intentionally created. Sources include sensors and IP surveillance, me... (WhatIs.com)

  • chief data officer (CDO)

    - A chief data officer (CDO) is a C-level corporate executive who is responsible for an organization's data governance. The position is related to, but separate from, the job of the chief information... (WhatIs.com)

  • cloud disaster recovery (cloud DR)

    - Cloud DR uses an off-site cloud repository to store copies of data that can be restored on-site to keep the business running in case of an emergency. (SearchCloudStorage.com)

Glossaries

  • Data and data management

    - Terms related to data, including definitions about data warehousing and words and phrases about data management.

  • Internet applications

    - This WhatIs.com glossary contains terms related to Internet applications, including definitions about Software as a Service (SaaS) delivery models and words and phrases about web sites, e-commerce ...

Ask a Question About golden recordPowered by ITKnowledgeExchange.com

Get answers from your peers on your most technical challenges

Tech TalkComment

Share
Comments

    Results

    Contribute to the conversation

    All fields are required. Comments will appear at the bottom of the article.