Any entity that comprises data. For example, a database is a data asset that comprise data records. A data asset may be a system or application output file, database, document, or Web page. A data asset also includes a service that may be provided to access data from an application. For example, a service that returns individual records from a database would be a data asset. Similarly, a Web site that returns data in response to specific queries (for example, www. weather.com) would be a data asset. A human, system, or application may create a data asset.