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Metadata import

Information from databases or files, data modelling, Business Intelligence, applications and other tools can be imported into the catalog to provide a holistic and complete view of data from within the catalog. You can apply meaning to these assets by using glossary terms, document requirements, or specifications through governance rules and indicate classification and ownership.

You import assets to a staging area before you share them to the catalog. In the catalog, you can browse and search for common metadata assets, and set implementation relationships between them. When you share imports to the catalog, the imported assets are available to other users. Depending on the roles that users have, such as data engineers, data stewards, data analysts, and data citizens, these users use the imported metadata in different ways. They can analyze the assets, use them in jobs, or designate stewards for the assets.

Until you share the import, the assets are not visible in the catalog.

Importing metadata involves the following process:

  1. Identify the assets that you want to import and ensure that you have the credentials to connect to them.
  2. Choose or create an import area and specify a connector or bridge that allows you to import from the database, file, or tool that contains the assets that you want to import.
  3. Determine the type of import - express or managed - that you want to use.
  4. Import assets to the staging area.
  5. Analyze, preview, and share the imported metadata to the catalog.

You can access the menu options for importing metadata.

Required permissions
You must have both these user permissions:
  • Access advanced governance
  • Manage metadata

Otherwise, the options are hidden.

Next step

Preparing to import metadata