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Editing asset properties in a catalog (Watson Knowledge Catalog)

You can edit asset properties to enrich the information about the asset.

The asset properties that you can edit vary depending on your permissions and roles.

Name, description, and format
You can give the asset a name, description, and format if either of these conditions are true:
  • You have the Admin role in a catalog.
  • You have the Editor role in a catalog and you are a member or owner of the asset.
Tags
You can add tags to an asset or remove tags if any of these conditions are true:
  • You have the Admin role in a catalog.
  • You have the Editor role in a catalog and you are a member or owner of the asset.
  • You have the Editor role in an ungoverned catalog and you are not a member or owner of the asset.
Ratings and reviews
All catalog collaborators can rate and review assets and edit their own ratings and reviews.
Governance artifacts
You can add, remove, or change a governance artifact assignment for an asset if both of these conditions are true:
  • You have the Admin role in a catalog, or you have the Editor role in a catalog and you are a member or owner of the asset.
  • You have the Admin, Owner, or Editor category collaborator role in the primary category for the governance artifact.
Custom asset types and attributes
You can create custom asset types and add the assets that are defined by these custom asset types to the catalog by using the Watson Data APIs. The newly created assets are searchable in the catalog.

Attributes are grouped by asset type, and attributes within an asset type are displayed in the UI in the order that they are defined within the asset type. Custom attributes of only types string, integer, and date appear in the asset overview page. However, in the API, you can define and view custom attributes of more types beyond string, integer, and date.

The default asset types that are included with Watson Knowledge Catalog can also have custom attributes. Because a default asset type cannot be directly modified, you use the API to apply custom attributes from one or more other asset types to the default asset type, which gives the default asset type custom attributes.

The attribute types that are viewable in the UI (integer, string, and date) can have a single value or an array of values, for example,

  • Single value: Primary role = “Manager”
  • Array of values: Roles = [“Team Lead”, “Developer”, “Tester”]

In the UI, data owners or stewards of the assets can add, update, or remove values for all the attribute types that are viewable in the UI (integer, string, and date).

You can define a fixed set of values for an attribute in the API, but the UI allows you to enter any value and it will be successfully updated.

Related assets
See Adding asset relationships.
Owner, members, and privacy setting
See Controlling access to an asset.


To edit synchronized information assets that are in the Default catalog, choose Catalogs > Information assets from the navigation menu. You can’t edit information assets in the Default catalog. The assets are synchronized continuously.

Editing asset properties

To edit an asset property, open the asset and click the edit (edit icon) icon next to the property you want to edit.

To edit column properties:

  1. Go to the Asset page for the asset.
  2. Click the eye (eye icon) icon and then click the edit (edit icon) icon for the column.
  3. Select what you want to assign to this column.

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