Managing data models: Excel and beyond

Managing properties within data templates

The property is the essential building block to describe a product for digital use. This is why, it contains some very important metadata. To ensure machine-readability and quality of the data exchange, each property is defined by a set of attributes, such as commonly agreed naming and definition, translations and connections to other concept types such as ‘unit’, ‘value’, and many more.

While creating the standard-based contents of a data template in Excel is possible, the creation of properties might prove to be quite a challenge.

Fundamentally, the structure of Excel is quite simple. This is what makes it so versatile. However, trying to introduce complexity to the data structure would require a significant effort, first to develop and…

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