What is a Data Product

There is a lot of confusion about the definition of a data product. Some think data products are components that developers use as building blocks for applications; others think they are dashboards or ML models. The truth is a data product can take almost any form; its nature depends on the type of target user. (See figure 1.) 

As a subset of data assets, data products also have other characteristics: they are designed for broad data sharing and reuse; they’re packaged with business and technical metadata, which are actively curated; and they are systematically governed and certified.  Data products are also managed by a product team, continuously improved and funded, and published in a data market. (See figure 2.)

“Data products vary by type of target user.”

Figure 1. Data Products and Target Users


Figure 2. Characteristics of Data Products

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