About the data model


Network's flexible data model consists of objects and fields and their relationship to one another.

Types of data model entities

  • Data domains - A logical grouping of objects for a specific area of activity or knowledge.

    Examples: Customer Master (default), Payer Master (custom), Product Master (custom)

  • Main objects - Objects that are independent of other objects. Main objects are directly associated to a data domain.

    Examples: Veeva standard objects - HCPs and HCOs, Custom objects - Employee, Payer, Plan, Product.

  • Sub-objects - Objects that must be associated to main objects. A sub-object cannot exist on its own.

    Examples: Veeva standard objects - Address and License, Custom sub-objects - Certification, Training.

  • Relationship objects - A many-to-many relationship between main objects.

    Examples: Veeva standard object - Parent HCO, Custom relationship objects - Employee-Employee, Payer-Plan, Product-Brand.

View the data model

In the Admin console, click Data Model > Data Domains.

The Data Domains page displays, showing the default Custom Master domain and any custom domains that you have created in your Network instance.

Entity relationships

The following diagram illustrates the relationships between Network objects:

Standard fields

Most of the fields in the Network data model are standard fields. These fields have a suffix of "__v". Veeva-owned fields containing Veeva OpenData data are managed by Veeva OpenData data stewards.

Note: The list of standard fields available varies by country.

New standard fields

Every Veeva object and custom object is assigned a set of Veeva standard fields.

Veeva OpenData periodically adds standard fields for countries. Include the fields in your subscriptions so you receive the data. For more information, see Adding Veeva OpenData fields.

To view the fields for each object:

  1. Open a data domain and select an object to open its configuration page.
  2. In the Fields section, filter the list by Country, Owner (Veeva or custom) and Type, or accept the defaults to see all fields.

  3. Review the fields for the object.

    The following information is available for each field:

    • Name and Label
    • Field Access - (Restricted or available to All Users)
    • Type
    • Reference Type name
    • Status
      • Not enabled
      • Enabled
      • Enabled by default and cannot be disabled

      For more information, see Enabling data model fields.

    Updates to standard field values

    Changes to standard field values are routed to Veeva OpenData for verification by Veeva data stewards.

    Use standard fields for local data

    Customer data can be loaded into Veeva-owned fields if the fields are not used by Veeva OpenData in the country. Changes to customer data in Veeva-owned fields are routed to customer data stewards to maintain. For more information, see Enable data model fields.

Custom fields

You can extend the Network data model by adding custom fields to any Veeva object or custom object.

Custom fields have a suffix of "__c" and can be configured to use a standard list of values, using reference types. Veeva OpenData does not provide data for custom fields; they are private to your Network instance and are not shared with Veeva OpenData.

When you create a custom field, you can indicate whether changes initiated using the Network API are accepted without data steward review, or must be reviewed by a data steward prior to the update being applied to the record.

For more information, see Creating custom fields.

Reference data types

Reference data types enable you to use lists of values for custom fieldsClosed Controls (similar to SQL queries) for using available keywords, tables, fields, and operators to analyze data in a Network instance.. When users add or edit records, they can select a value from the field from a predefined list of accepted values (reference codes).

Veeva Network includes code values and descriptions for reference data fields, localized for supported regions. If a list doesn't contain the value you need, you can add custom values in the reference list for the field. For example, the Education Level field for HCPs contains code values for College (C), Doctorate (D), Medical School (MS), and so on, but you can add a custom value if a degree or school isn't available in the list.

Custom reference codes for Veeva reference types include a suffix of "__c" as do pre-existing reference codes for custom reference types. New reference codes for custom reference types do not include the "__c" suffix.

Note: Veeva Network does not provide data for custom fields. Custom fields are private and not shared with Veeva OpenData.

Groups of fields

Some standard fields (__v) in the Network data model are grouped within a set; for example, Specialty, Phones, Focus Areas. In Network features where you can filter or search for data within fields, it's useful to work with the fields as a group instead of having to choose individual fields. For example, if users are searching for HCPs that specialize in stroke medicine, they can select the All Focus Areas group of fields so Network searches the 36 fields in that set: (hcp_focus_area_1__v to hcp_focus_area_36__v).

The following field groups are available:

Group Name Data Model Fields Included
All Accreditations hco_accreditation_area_1__v through hco_accreditation_10__v

Note: These fields are not grouped for Japan.

All Address Lines (reporting only) address_line_1__v through address_line_3__v
All Alternate Names alternate_name_1__v through alternate_name_10__v
All Credentials credentials_1__v through credentials_10__v
All Delivery Address Lines (reporting only) delivery_address_line__v through delivery_address_line_3__v
All Emails email_1__v through email_10__v
All Faxes fax_1__v through fax_10__v
All HCO Focus Areas hco_focus_area_1__v through hco_focus_area_10__v
All HCP Focus Areas hcp_focus_area_1__v through hcp_focus_area_36__v
All Medical Degrees medical_degree_1__v through medical_degree_5__v
All National IDs national_id__v through national_id_5__v
All Old CIP ID End Dates cip_id_old_end_date__v through cip_old_end_date_5__v
All Old CIP IDs cip_id_old__v through cip_id_old_5__v
All Phones phone_1__v through phone_10__v
All Specialties specialty_1__v through specialty_10__v
All URLs URL_1__v through URL_2__v

Typically, grouped fields are enabled or disabled as a set, but there are some exceptions. For more information, see Enabling grouped fields.

Features that use field sets

Grouped field sets are available in the following features:

  • Data validation rules - all grouped field sets
  • Advanced search - all grouped field sets
  • Ad hoc queries (includes data maintenance jobs and reporting) - all grouped field sets (including All Address Lines and All Delivery Address Lines). For more information, see Reporting on fields sets.
  • Veeva OpenData Subscriptions - All Specialties only.
  • Target subscriptions - all grouped field sets
  • Search API - all grouped field sets

Key fields

The primary key for each object in a Network instance is called vid__v, the Network Entity ID. The vid__v key contains a unique, automatically generated, 18-digit value for each object in a Network instance. The primary key might not be unique outside of a Network instance; two Network instances could potentially have the same vid__v value, but for different objects.

The master_vid__v field is only populated for records in Veeva OpenData; the field is null for records that are locally managed.

Extended data model

The data model supports using Veeva OpenData fields, __v, for any country to manage customer or third party master data. Data can be loaded into __v fields without a Veeva OpenData subscription, or in countries where the Veeva OpenData team does not master that field.

Support for using __v fields in the extended data model includes the following considerations:

  • Administrators can enable __v fields in any country and load customer-owned data into them when the fields are not used by Veeva OpenData in the country, even with a Veeva OpenData subscription enabled.
  • Any changes to the __v fields are routed to the appropriate data stewards, either customer or Veeva OpenData, to maintain.
  • If a field in a set is enabled, for example specialty_1__v, all fields in the set are enabled (specialty_1__v through specialty_10__v).
  • Ownership of the fields is reflected in the Profile page; __v field labels are colored gray (green, in China) if they are not mastered by Veeva OpenData in a country.

  • Ownership of the fields is reflected on field. There are separate sections to show the countries where the field is managed by a master source and where the fields are managed by customers.

Note: If you add a field that is not used by Veeva OpenData in that country, the field is not included in the profile layout for that country. For help adding the field to the layout, see Configuring profile layouts.

About data privacy

Although you can extend the standard Network data modelClosed The organization of Network data, including objects, individual fields, field attributes, and data relationships. by adding custom fieldsClosed Controls (similar to SQL queries) for using available keywords, tables, fields, and operators to analyze data in a Network instance. in your Network instance, custom fields are always private and never sent to Veeva OpenData. A custom field might be used for storing an ID field for matched records from a third party proprietary data source.

You can load data into your Network instance from other systems (internal data sources or licensed third party data sources) to match and link that data with Veeva OpenData data.

When you add a data source in your Network instance, you can explicitly set a Proprietary flag to indicate whether sharing the data with Veeva OpenData will violate third party agreements. If a source is flagged as containing proprietary data, any add or change requests created through an API call to Network will not be forwarded to Veeva OpenData.

For more information about third party and locally managed data, see Sources of data.

Physical environments

Veeva OpenData is in a separate database schema from the Network Customer Master tenants, and cannot be directly accessed by a tenant. Communication between Veeva OpenData and a Network Customer Master tenant can only happen through a change request API call.

Communication between Veeva OpenData and a customer instance only occurs when Veeva OpenData subscriptions are enabled for the instance, and includes the following types of communication:

  • Veeva OpenData Subscriptions
  • the change request process
  • search and download from Veeva OpenData through the Network UI

Export the data model

The data model can be exported locally as a Microsoft Excelâ„¢ file from each data domain. Country filters applied in the UI also apply to the data model export.

  • To export, select a data domain and click Export Data Model.

The data model downloads to your local file system with the following naming convention "Data Domain as of <date>.xlsx".

The exported data includes the following details for each field:

Column Name Possible Values More Information
Name   The field name.
Localized UI Label   The label used in the Network UI for the language defined in your profile.
Effective Version Version number The first time the field was created for at least one country.
Status Active / Deactivated Active if the field is enabled in your Network instance.
Type Reference, Set, String, Alternatekey, Date, Year, Boolean, Number, Datetime. The type of data in the field.
Reference Type Reference type For Reference and Boolean type fields only. If the field does not have a reference type, the column is empty.
Length 10, 20, 100, 500 ... The field length.
Default Value True / False True if the field has a default value in at least one OpenData country.
Custom Field? True / False True if the field has been created in your Network instance (__c).
Network System Field? True / False True if the field is populated automatically by Network; for example, record_state__v, created_date__v, record_owner_type__v.
Field Description   Description in the field configuration.
HCP Opt Out Behavior Retain, Blank, Mask Indicates what happens to the field value when the record is exported if the data_privacy_opt_out field is set to Yes/True.
  • data_privacy_opt_out__v - the opt out behavior occurs when the record is exported from OpenData to your Network instance.
  • data_privacy_opt_out__c - the opt out behavior occurs when the record is exported from your Network instance to downstream systems.

Mask means that the field value is replaced with "Data Privacy" on OpenData records or "Customer Data Privacy" on locally managed records when the record is exported.
Default Rankings Default/Overridden Identifies if the field rankings have been overridden.
See the Source Rankings section on each data model field page.
CRM Field Group Name   The name used by the CRM bridge.
Read Only in (region) True/False The value is determined per country. If the field is not available in a country, the column value is always False.
Required in (region) True/False The value is determined per country. If the field is not available in a country, the column value is always False.

In the country columns, TRUE indicates the field is being mastered in the country, and FALSE indicates that the field is not being mastered in the country. You can confirm who is mastering a field by reviewing the field list on the object page or on the field configuration page.

On the field's configuration page, when a field is removed from the Managed by Customer section for a country and object, FALSE is shown for that country and that object in the exported file.

Country support

The following list of countries have their own data model. Countries that are not listed, use the Other Countries data model.

  • Albania

  • Andorra

  • Argentina

  • Armenia

  • Australia

  • Austria

  • Azerbaijan

  • Bahamas

  • Bahrain

  • Barbados

  • Belarus

  • Belgium

  • Bermuda

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Brazil

  • Bulgaria

  • Canada

  • Cayman Islands

  • Chile

  • China

  • Colombia

  • Costa Rica

  • Croatia

  • Curacao

  • Czech Republic

  • Denmark

  • Dominican Republic

  • Ecuador

  • El Salvador

  • Estonia

  • Finland

  • France

  • Georgia

  • Germany

  • Greece

  • Guatemala

  • Honduras

  • Hong Kong

  • Hungary

  • Iceland

  • Ireland

  • Italy

  • Jamaica

  • Japan

  • Kazakhstan

  • Kuwait

  • Kyrgyzstan

  • Latvia

  • Lebanon

  • Liechtenstein

  • Lithuania

  • Luxembourg

  • Macao

  • Macedonia

  • Mexico

  • Moldova

  • Monaco

  • Montenegro

  • Netherlands

  • New Zealand

  • Nicaragua

  • Norway

  • Oman

  • Panama

  • Peru

  • Poland

  • Portugal

  • Qatar

  • Romania

  • Russia

  • Saudi Arabia

  • Serbia

  • Singapore

  • Slovakia

  • Slovenia

  • South Korea

  • Spain

  • Sweden

  • Switzerland

  • Taiwan

  • Tajikistan

  • Trinidad and Tobago

  • Turkey

  • Turkmenistan

  • Ukraine

  • United Arab Emirates

  • United Kingdom

  • United States

  • Uzbekistan

  • Other Countries