Administering a catalog

To administer an existing catalog, you must have the Admin role within the catalog.

A catalog consists of:

  • A metadata repository that acts as an index for data and other assets
  • A list of collaborators who need to access the assets
  • An object storage instance to store assets that are copied into the catalog

You control the security of assets in a catalog with these methods:

  • Collaborator roles control what activities users can perform in the catalog.
  • Asset settings can restrict an asset to a specific set of collaborators.
  • Data protection policies can protect data from unauthorized access, if your Watson Knowledge Catalog plan include enforcing data protection policies for the catalog. In a catalog with data protection policies enforced, only the owners of assets are always granted access to data assets in the catalog. All other users are subject to data protection policies. However, policies only apply to data assets in catalogs if data protection policies are enforced.

As a catalog administrator, your duties include:

  • Creating catalogs. You must have special permission to create a catalog. You might create one comprehensive catalog or multiple catalogs for diverse purposes.
  • Adding and managing collaborators. You can add collaborators to a catalog at any time. You assign roles to control which collaborators can add and use assets and which collaborators can only view assets.
  • Adding assets to the catalog. You might be responsible for adding some assets, along with other collaborators.
  • Monitoring the use of assets. You can analyze how assets are found and used to improve reuse.

Watch this short video to see how to create and administer a catalog.

Figure 3. Video iconCreate and administer a catalog
This video shows you how to create and administer a catalog.

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