IBM InfoSphere Metadata Workbench

IBM® InfoSphere™ Metadata Workbench provides a visual, Web-based exploration of metadata that is generated, used, and imported by IBM InfoSphere Information Server.

InfoSphere Information Server components store design time, runtime, and glossary metadata in the metadata repository. Users can also import database and data file information into the metadata repository and create extended data sources and extension mappings that represent objects and processes that exist outside of InfoSphere Information Server.

InfoSphere Metadata Workbench helps business and IT users explore and manage those metadata assets. The metadata workbench gives you reports on data flow, data lineage, and the impact of changes to data assets or physical assets.

Information roadmap
This document provides links to the information resources that are available for InfoSphere Metadata Workbench.

Overview of InfoSphere Metadata Workbench
To understand and manage the flow of data through the enterprise, business analysts, data analysts, ETL developers, and other users of InfoSphere Information Server employ InfoSphere Metadata Workbench to discover and analyze relationships between information assets in the metadata repository.

Getting started with InfoSphere Metadata Workbench
A series of topics help you to get started with the metadata workbench.

InfoSphere Metadata Workbench roles
The suite administrator assigns roles that define the tasks that users of InfoSphere Metadata Workbench can perform.

Tutorial: Preparing for data lineage reports
In this series of modules, you use InfoSphere Metadata Workbench to create a flow of data that can be displayed in a lineage report. You learn how to perform administrative tasks that are needed to prepare the data for lineage. Lastly, you learn to run lineage reports.

Administering the metadata workbench
The Metadata Workbench Administrator prepares metadata, creates log views, and runs services to identify relationships between data sources and jobs. Maintaining these relationships is critical to the reports that trace enterprise data from target to source and from source to target.

Creating data lineage, business lineage, and impact analysis reports
Users of the metadata workbench can create reports that analyze the flow of data from data sources, through jobs and stages, and into databases, data files, and business intelligence reports. You can report on the dependencies between assets of certain types. In addition, you can create a business lineage report that displays only the flow of data, without the details of a full data lineage report.

Exploring metadata assets
Users of the metadata workbench can search and query information assets in the metadata repository in order to view their properties and related assets and to create reports on the flow of data through these assets.

Navigating metadata models
The Metadata Workbench Administrator can explore the models whose class instances are displayed as information assets. You can view the underlying model structures to understand how your information assets are organized and related.