Is there any specific terminology you use when it comes to applications/databases in relation to the core record the system stores. We need to do a set of data quality testing against any of our databases/applications which collect personal information (e.g. name, date of birth, nationality, address, contact details, e.g. email, phone etc).
We are trying to explain to our DBA's that we do not require an extract of every table in the database as in 99% of the cases these do not store the 'core record' relating to the individual. I am trying to identify if in data analysts/database admins worlds whether there would be any sort of useful terminology we can use to describe the 'core record' the system stores, as most applications have a purpose, e.g. payroll/HR stores data about employees, so the core record is the employee record, whereas a customer database core record would be the customer, purchasing core records would be the supplier or customer, but its trying to word what I keep using as the 'core record' in a way others may understand. Whereas I appreciate the system will associate other information against these core records, its the core records we need to analyse. A hospital database core record would be the 'patient' etc. The phrase 'core record' doesn't seem to be the correct terminology based on the confused response I am getting, but I am after some other possible terminology which may be and may make a little more sense for our requests.