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Governing and curating data (Watson Knowledge Catalog)

With the Watson Knowledge Catalog service, you can have catalogs of curated assets that are supported by a governance framework.

Service This service is not available by default. An administrator must install this service on the IBM Cloud Pak for Data platform. To determine whether the service is installed, open the Services catalog and check whether the service is enabled.

How you get started depends on your user role and permissions and your goal.

Role Goal
Data Scientist Find data assets in a catalog
Business Analyst Find data assets in a catalog
View information assets
Data Steward Curate data
Create governance artifacts
Data Quality Analyst Curate data
Create governance artifacts
Analyze data quality
Administrator Set up the first catalog
Developer View Watson Knowledge Catalog APIs

Find data assets in a catalog

You can search for assets across catalogs and projects from the global search field in the application header. See Searching for assets across projects and catalogs.

To open a specific catalog, from the navigation menu, click Organize > All catalogs. The Your catalogs page lists of all the catalogs that you can access. Click a catalog name and then find assets.

Create governance artifacts

You must have the Author governance artifacts permission to create governance artifacts. To start creating governance artifacts, click Organize > Data and AI governance and then the artifact type from the navigation menu. See Governance artifacts.

Curate data

The type of data curation you perform depends on your user role or permissions:

  • Basic curation is available with all user roles. Start by creating an analytics project.
  • Advanced curation is available with the Data Steward and Data Quality Analyst roles. Start by clicking Organize > Metadata curation and then Metadata import or Data discovery. To analyze data quality, click Organize > Data quality. See Curate data or Analyze data quality.

View Watson Knowledge Catalog APIs

To use Watson Knowledge Catalog APIs in your application, view the API documentation at this URL:


Your base URL is the IP address or name of your Cloud Pak for Data application server.

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