Business terms (Watson Knowledge Catalog)

You create business terms to standardize definitions of business concepts so that your data is described in a uniform and easily understood way across your enterprise. Business terms can describe the contents of the data, the sensitivity of the data, or other aspects of the data, such as the subject or purpose of the data. You can assign one or more business terms to individual columns in relational data sets, to other governance artifacts, or to data assets.

You can use business terms for these goals:

You can extend, refine, and improve your business glossary if you:

For example, suppose your company has data that includes personal identification numbers from people in many different countries. The columns that contain personal identification numbers are named with abbreviations of the country-specific terms, for example: “SSN” for US Social Security Numbers, “SIN” for Canadian Social Insurance Numbers, “UID” for Indian Unique Identification Numbers, and so on. If you create a business term named “Personal identification number” and assign it to all the columns that contain personal identification numbers, knowledge workers then understand that the “SSN”, “SIN”, and “UID” columns contain the same type of information and what that information means. You can view the term’s Related content page to see all the data assets that contain personal identification numbers and all the policies and rules that control personal identification numbers. You can create a policy with a rule that masks the values in all columns assigned the “Personal identification number” term.

Not only the status of a term determines whether the term is in use, such as published, but you can also set effective start and end dates to specify when a term is in use.

All users can view business terms, but to author business terms, you must have the Manage governance artifacts permission or be assigned as an author in the workflow that controls business terms.

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