What is the Data Dictionary? It’s Real Estate’s “Rosetta Stone”
The Data Dictionary serves as the real estate industry's “Rosetta Stone” for real estate data. Hundreds of MLSs, and other source providers gather data. But what good is it if the data cannot be shared or understood? The Data Dictionary ensures that each system “speaks” the same language. It is the common standard that defines real estate data in consistent terms and data structures; a template data providers may follow to format its most common fields.
How do I find the Data Dictionary?
The RESO Data Dictionary is a collection of web pages and can be found at: Data Dictionary Home Page. The home page contains links to the most recent Data Dictionary versions and brief explanation how to use the Data Dictionary. It also includes an explanation on Data Dictionary Certification with links to additional certification details. The most current Data Dictionary version (as of the time of this writing, December 2018) is Data Dictionary version 1.7.
How is the Data Dictionary Constructed?
The Data Dictionary Wiki is built on a ‘Tree’ structure with its lowest levels comprised of fields and lookup values. The Dictionary can also be downloaded into machine readable XML and a more traditional spreadsheet (.xlsx) layout.
At the Data Dictionary's highest level you will find Resources (High level groupings such as Property, Offices, Open Houses, Media, etc.), Collections (A container of data items that have a shared relevance such as Property Rooms, Property Unit Types, etc.) and Lookup Fields and Values (Possible values for Fireplaces, Water Sources, Countries, Buyer Financing, etc.). Drilling down into Resources and Collections you will find fields and within Lookup Fields and Values you will find Lookup Values.
The Data Dictionary also has valuable secondary information to help understand its background, use and context. Some of the most helpful secondary pages are:
- Using the Data Dictionary Wiki
- Data Dictionary Terms and Meta Definitions
- Data Dictionary Certification Levels
- Downloading Data Dictionary Wiki
- Resource and Version Info
- Change Log Summary
- Deprecated Fields
- Deprecated Lookup Values
Data Dictionary Certification
RESO Data Dictionary Certification is awarded to data providers that conform to current RESO Data Dictionary Standards.
The RESO Data Dictionary Certification process is described in the following document (PDF): RESO Data Dictionary Certification Overview v1.6.0. A RESO Data Dictionary Certification Glossary v1.6.0 (PDF) of common terms is also available.
The RESO Data Dictionary Certification Testing Rules v1.6.1 and RESO Data Dictionary Certification Testing Rules v1.7 contain the RESO Data Dictionary Certification requirements.
These documents should be read by any organization who wants:
- To learn more about the Data Dictionary and its benefits;
- To create a Data Dictionary compliant data structure; and
- To have an understanding of the certification process.
RESO has developed a Data Dictionary Testing Tool (http://ddcert.reso.org/) and has made it available to the general public. The following Instruction Manual (PDF) will guide users on how to self-test their Data Dictionary implementations prior to applying for Certification.
In some special instances, not all information required to evaluate a Data Dictionary Certification application can be submitted through the online certification application form. The Supplemental Application Information (SAI) can provide RESO Certification staff additional information to help with the Certification Testing. Once the RESO Certification staff starts testing, they will alert you if there are issues which will require filling out the Supplemental Application Information spreadsheet in order to provide the RESO Compliance Department with specific information to help complete the certification process successfully. Please refer to the “Instructions” on the first tab of the linked spreadsheet for more information if you are requested to do so by RESO Staff.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Benefits of Data Dictionary Implementation
- Simplified Data Integration: Data Dictionary structured data can move between systems without losing information; Data translation costs are reduced because of consistent data definitions and usage; and it is easier for MLS's, Brokers, technology partners and other third parties to develop new, data-driven applications and services that serve Realtors® across North America.
- Quality Stamp of Approval: RESO Certification provides 3rd Party Verification of your client's functionality based on professional industry-wide standards.
- Simplified Marketing: “RESO Certified Data Dictionary” says all you need to say about the interoperability of your online real estate information.
- Promote support for Standards: Those receiving a RESO Certification may display the RESO Certified Logo on their website.
The RESO Data Dictionary is a collection of web pages and can be found at: Data Dictionary Home Page. Data Dictionary in XML and spreadsheet formats can be downloaded below as well as information on certification
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- RESO Data Dictionary 1.7 (XML & XLS)
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