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Explain like I’m five: what’s a data dictionary

Sure, think of a data dictionary like the index and guide to a big toy box. Let’s say you have a huge box full of different toys – Lego blocks, action figures, toy cars, stuffed animals, and so on.

Now, if you want to find a specific toy or understand what each toy is used for, it might be difficult to do that without a guide or an index. A data dictionary is like that guide or index. It tells you what each toy (or in the case of a database, each piece of data) is, what it’s used for, and how it relates to the other toys in the box.

It makes it easy for you to understand and find exactly what you’re looking for in the toy box (or database). And if someone new comes to play, they can use the guide to understand what’s in the toy box, too!