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Data element

A data element is the basic unit of identifiable and definable information created by combining a data element concept and a value domain. In METeOR, examples of data elements include Person—alcoholic beverage consumption frequency (self-reported), code NN and Establishment—number of day centre attendances, total N[NNNN].


Below is a graphical representation of the relationship between data elements and related metadata item types.


Figure representing data element relationships in METeOR metadata model


Figure 1: Diagrammatic representation of data element relationships in METeOR metadata structures.