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Data Definitions


Data CookbookAccessibility to trusted data is an essential element of data governance. UTK uses the iData Data Cookbook as a central repository of terms and data field definitions that are shared across the campus. It is intended to clarify how common reporting terms (e.g., student, regular faculty, course section) are used at UTK and define metrics, key performance indicators, and other institutional calculations.

The Data Cookbook is the entry point to understanding and accessing data that is available from administrative systems such as Banner, IRIS, and custom data warehouse reporting fields.

All UTK employees can view the Data Cookbook. Send an email to data_definitions@utk.edu to request access. Then navigate to utk.datacookbook.com and log in with your standard UTK netID and password.

Data Cookbook implementation is being led by the Office of Information Technology and the Office of Institutional Research. If you are interested in contributing definitions from your area, please contact the data definitions management group.

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