The Data Cookbook is a central repository of data definitions that the University of Wisconsin is using for Business Intelligence. It will help users better understand the data in the UWBI OBIEE Tool dashboards, reports, and visualizations. Having one location to store UWBI’s data definitions, terminology, and specifications improves the understanding of existing reports and provides clear, agreed-upon terms for the creation of new ones through workflows.


  • Data Cookbook’s current members include the UWBI Teams who have rights to login and view information within Data Cookbook.
  • Eventually, all users will have access.
  • There may be an authentication process depending on your institution's requirements.
  • If you need assistance accessing Data Cookbook, please contact your institution UWBI Support Contact.

Data Cookbook Definitions

Classification: Classification codes indicate the level of sensitivity of the data being described by Data Cookbook definitions. Example classification codes include Confidential Data, Sensitive Data, Internal Data, Unrestricted Data, and Public Data.

Data System: Data Systems are the Data Cookbook’s representation of these organizational systems. When users work with definitions and specifications in the Data Cookbook, knowing the systems that house or use these objects, including some technical information about them, helps them to better under the object’s purpose and use.

Definition: A single definition for each of your report’s elements so that there is no confusion about what is meant when someone refers to an approved definition.

Functional Area: Functional areas describe the organizational layers at your institution that manage or steward data. These areas often mirror offices, administrative groups, or other organizations at your institutions that will play a role in your defining and managing your data and reports.

Specification: Specification Types allow you to identify reporting deliverables based on the nature of the specific deliverable. Examples of specification types include reports, text files, database tables or views, and dashboards.

Workflow: Workflows control the process of approving, resolving, or responding to an object after it has been created.