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data element

Definition(s):

  The smallest named item of data that conveys meaningful information.
Source(s):
NIST Privacy Framework Version 1.0 under Data Element

  A basic unit of information that has a unique meaning and subcategories (data items) of distinct value. Examples of data elements include gender, race, and geographic location.
Source(s):
CNSSI 4009-2015 [Superseded] from NIST SP 800-47
NIST SP 800-47 [Superseded] under Data Element