Data Element

(also called Data Attribute)

(1) an inherent fact, property, or characteristic describing an entity or object, the logical representation of a physical field or relational table column, A given attribute has the same format, interpretation, and domain for all occurrences of an entity. Attributes may contain adjective values (red, round, etc). (2) a unit of data for which the definition, identification, representation, and permissible values are specified by means of a set of characteristics.