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Authoring business terms (Watson Knowledge Catalog)

If you have the required permissions, you can create business terms.

Required permissions
You must have one of these category collaborator roles in the primary category for the business term to create it:

  • Admin
  • Owner
  • Editor

The following description can give you deeper insights into:

Name

The name of a business term can be up to 255 characters long. It cannot contain any lower-than (<) symbols.

Primary category

The primary category identifies the business term.

If you have two categories, the employee category and the customer category, and both of them require the same business term gender, you define this business term once and then assign it to categories, for example, the primary category of this business term would be employee category and the secondary category would be customer category. In this case the business term gender is defined once and relates to both categories.

Secondary categories

Secondary categories can include business terms, but do not control them. A business term can be referenced by one or more secondary categories other than its primary category. See Adding secondary categories.

Details

You can view custom attributes on the business term that provide additional information.
Custom attributes can be created using the Watson Knowledge Catalog API or IBM InfoSphere Information Governance Catalog.

You can assign the business term to:

  • Classifications
    Select the classifications to which you want to assign the business term. A term can relate to multiple classifications.

  • Data classes
    Select the data classes to which you want to assign the business term. A term can relate to multiple data classes.

Required permissions
You must have one of these category collaborator roles in the primary categories for both artifacts to add a relationship between them:

  • Admin
  • Owner
  • Editor

Related terms define relationships among business terms, synonyms, or other business terms. You can also define the type and part of relationships. The related term that you select must be published.

Required permissions
You must have one of these category collaborator roles in the primary categories for both business terms to add a relationship between them:

  • Admin
  • Owner
  • Editor

  • Synonyms
    Select synonyms that you want to associate with a business term. A term can have multiple synonym terms. The relationship is symmetrical and transitive. If term A is a synonym of term B, and term B is a synonym of term C, each term is a synonym of the others.

    If you include this business term in a rule condition, its synonym is not automatically included. You must specify it in the rule condition if you want to process it too.

  • Other related business terms
    Select related business terms that you want to associate with a business term. A business term can be related to other business terms.
  • Specify the type of relationships for the business term you are currently processing:
    Type of relationship Description Example Inverse relationship
    Is a type of The current business term can be expressed as a conceptual instance of another term which is typically broader in scope. Click the plus icon to add a business term.

    Click Show hierarchy to view the type of relationships of the business terms and to emphasize the dimension or usage of the terms. Click Show list to return to the list of business terms you have added to this type of relationship.
    If the current business term is Home Loan, for example, the broader term is Loan.

    You can specify the following type of relationship: Home Loan is a type of Loan.

    Similarly, a car loan and a student loan are also types of the broader term Loan.
    This means that these terms, Car Loan and Student Loan, can also be specified to have the Is a type of relationship with the broader term Loan.
    The Is a type of relationship is the inverse of the Has a type of relationship.
    Has a type of The current business term is a broader term which can have narrower terms or subtypes as conceptual instances. If the current business term is Loan, for example, the corresponding narrower term or subtype is Home Loan.

    You can specify the following type of relationship: Loan has a type of Home Loan. Car Loan and Student Loan are additional examples of narrower terms.
    The Has a type of relationship is the inverse of the Is a type of relationship.
    The following figure illustrates the Is a type of and Has a type of relationships with the example of Loan:

    This image shows a sample for Is a type of and Has a type of -  relationship.

  • Specify the part of relationship for the business term you are currently processing:
    Part of relationship Description Example Inverse relationship
    Is a part of The current business term is a component of, a part of, an attribute of, or a member of another term. If the current business term is Home Loan, for example, the terms Hybrid Rate, Fees, and Margin are attributes of a Home Loan.

    In this case, each of the terms Hybrid Rate, Fees, and Margin is a part of the term Home Loan.
    The Is a part of relationship is the inverse of the Has a part of relationship.
    Has a part of Specify a term, which is a component of, a part of, an attribute of, or a member of the current business term. The terms Hybrid Rate, Fees, and Margin are, for example, attributes of the current business term Home Loan.

    In this case, you can specify Home Loan has a part of relationship with the terms Hybrid Rate, Fees, and Margin.
    The Has a part of relationship is the inverse of the Is a part of relationship.
    The following figure illustrates the Is a part of and Has a part of relationships with the example of Home Loan:

    This image shows a sample for Is a part of and Has a part of -  relationship.


An example for specifying relationships: If you specify a relationship, the inverse of this relationship is automatically implemented.

For example, if term A has the following components: term B and term C, the following relationships apply:

Terms Relationships Terms
A Has a part of B, C
B, C Is a part of A

If term X is a broader term that includes the following narrower terms: term Y and term Z, the following relationships apply:

Terms Relationships Terms
X Has a type of Y, Z
Y, Z Is a type of X

These relationships can be inherited. For example:

Terms Relationships Terms
Home Loan Is a type of Loan
Loan Has a part of Margin

Then, by inheritance, the following relationship applies:

Terms Relationships Terms
Home Loan Has a part of Margin

The relationship between Home Loan and Margin is derived from the relationship between Home Loan and Loan. The following figure illustrates these relationships.


This image shows a sample for Is a part of and Has a part of -  relationship.

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