Data Catalog (Under Development)

The Vermont Insights data catalog will serve two purposes:

  1. It is the data dictionary for all available datasets in Vermont Insights.
  2. It is the catalog of the data that stakeholders have determined are needed to answer the essential questions.

The data dictionary information is collected and added to the Vermont Insights data dictionary as part of data acquisition process with data stewards and organizations, either through data sharing agreements or public dataset documentation. This information is available to all Vermont Insights users.

Each data element will be described using key descriptors (e.g., name, definition source, data steward and definition) – referred to as metadata, or data about the data. These data elements will also be tagged to the essential question(s) and assessed for alignment with the national Common Education Data Standards (CEDS).  The data catalog includes:

  • The Vermont Insights data dictionary
  • Information on data that are available but not in Vermont Insights
  • Data that are available but limited and not ready for use in Vermont Insights
  • Data that are needed to answer essential questions but not collected.

The data catalog information, not already in the data dictionary, is collected through the unpacking of the 10 essential early childhood questions, development of the Mind the Gap: Data Asset and Gap Analysis report series (see our publications page) and other processes. This information will be entered in the data catalog and made available to all Vermont Insights users.

The value-add of having a Vermont early childhood data catalog is that it can serve multiple sectors and avoid duplication of effort. Data owners can contribute to the catalog through a managed process, thus generating a robust early childhood data catalog of data assets and data gaps.

Tools will be created to search and visualize the data catalog information. This will allows users to visually explore and make sense of the information and the relationships between the data elements and essential questions.