Glossaries are compilations of terms and their definitions specific to a given field of knowledge.
They enable standardization of language facilitating uniformity of terminology across a domain. Every domain, be it industry or organization, has its own specific concepts and language which practitioners need to know. Glossaries provide the means to enable clear communication of these concepts. They are essential to the communication of knowledge through documentation like policies, procedures, standards, specifications, technical and scientific papers.

Best practice designs

It seems like glossaries have similar traits to most other taxonomies – once you start designing your glossary you realise that they are more complex than first appears. With a.k.a.® this complexity is easily managed through our design tools. We’ve built a Glossary Template into our evaluation database to show you how. Our exemplar template delivers a design for both simple and complex glossaries enabling:

  • Create multiple definitions
  • Associate with different contexts
  • Link to multiple sources, including URL links
  • Enable relationships with other terms, such as synonyms or obsolete terms,
  • Link to data stewards
  • Enable change control
  • Audit changes over time

The a.k.a.® design templates provide you with a starting point from which you can add or subtract to customise and deploy your own data design.

Effortless construction

a.k.a.® import and editing tools are designed to enable you to work at speed. Our import functions enable fast data capture from spreadsheets. Usability features like type-ahead and bulk save make editing a breeze, and relationships can be built by using drag and drop functionality.

Easy online publishing

Making your glossary accessible to your stakeholders is crucial for adoption and use. Our Interactive Report Templates make it easy for you to publish online in formats that will engage your users. Inbuilt search and filtering features along with hyperlinked relationships make it easy for users to engage and find what they are looking for.

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