Introduction to publishing data products

With Data Product Exchange, you can create data products from your assets and publish them to share with the data community. Published data products are available for downloading by qualified members. You manage your data products on the My work dashboard.

Required roles
Collaborator role: Editor

Prepare data assets for a data product

Data products contain curated data assets that preferably completed a Privacy Impact Assessment. Any Personal Identifiable Information (PII) must be removed or masked.

Data product states

A data product moves through several states that indicate whether it is available to consumers on Data Product Exchange. The states are Draft, Published, and Retired.

Data product states flow from Draft to Published to Retired


While you are authoring a data product, it is in Draft state. A draft data product can be edited as needed. You can add items, business domains, a description, and a data contract. Drafts are listed on the My work dashboard and can be edited only by the data product owner. A data product in the draft state is not available to the community.


Published data products cannot be edited. Published data products are available to all the members of your data community who are listed on the Manage community page. Data products remain available on Data Product Exchange until you retire them.


Retired data products are not available for new orders by consumers. They cannot be edited. They are not listed on Data Product Exchange. Consumers who ordered the data product before it was retired can continue to work with it.

Select the method for creating your data product

Data products can contain a mixture of items, such as files and URLs, up to 20 total items. You use different methods to create a data product depending on the type of items.

You can create a data product using the following methods:

  • URL method: Provide a secure, valid URL that points to your data items.
  • Browse method: Create a connection and then add files from a data source. You can add .csv, .txt, and .xlst files.

Create data source connections

You create secure connections to data sources such as IBM Cloud Object Storage and Amazon S3. Connect to the data source and select the assets you want to add to the data product.

Manage data products

On the My work dashboard, you can view all your data products organized by their state. From My work, you can edit drafts, publish completed data products, and retire data products that are no longer needed.

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Parent topic: Documentation for Data Product Exchange