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Glossary item

A glossary item defines the meaning of a term within a specific context. Within METeOR examples of glossary items include Adoption and Family. These things of interest are not currently defined as object classes but their meaning must be understood for data to be collected.

For example, to collect data on the number of female pregnancies which result in a live birth, we must understand the meaning of the term ‘live birth’ to apply the appropriate counting rules for the data element Female—number of previous pregnancies (live birth), total NN.

A glossary item can be linked to by any other metadata item type. In the example above, the data element definition for Female—number of previous pregnancies (live birth), total NN links directly to the glossary item Live birth.

Figure representing glossary item metadata structures

Figure: Diagrammatic representation of glossary item relationships in METeOR metadata structures.