Finding and viewing an asset in a catalog

You find assets in a catalog on the Browse page. You must be a collaborator in the catalog.

You can find an asset in these ways:

Browse for an asset

Before you search, you can browse through these types of assets:

  • Recently added assets
  • Recommended assets
  • Highly rated assets

Click Watson Recommends to see up to 20 assets that are recommended for you. Watson Knowledge Catalog uses Watson Machine Learning to derive a list of assets that you haven’t accessed yet based on attributes common to the assets that you’ve viewed, created, and added to projects, such as tags, asset classification, data classes, data types, asset owners, and asset types.

The more assets you access, the better the recommendations are.

To search for an asset, enter keywords in the search field for matches in these asset properties:

  • Tags
  • Name
  • Description
  • Terms
  • Business terms that are associated with assets
  • Column names

You can filter results by tags, business terms that are associated with data assets, and asset types.

You can sort results by name, asset type, and date added.

View an asset

To view an asset in a catalog, click its name. You’ll see a set of pages about the asset:

Overview page

The asset Overview page shows the asset properties, such as the description, tags, format, size, and date added. If you have permission, you can edit asset properties on this page. You can view the path of the asset, any governance artifacts that are associated with the asset, classifications, and related assets.

If the asset has an associated file that is stored in the catalog’s storage, you can download the file.

Asset page

The Asset page shows a preview of the contents of the asset if the asset type supports previews and you have the proper permissions. You can also view the metadata for each column in a schema. From this page you can assign business terms and tags to the columns. For added security, data masking is also provided based on the permissions of the person who is viewing the data.

If you see a shield icon a shield icon next to the column name of a relational data asset, it means that the data in the column is masked by a data protection rule. The owner of the asset is not affected by data protection rules and always sees the original values.

Access page

The Access page shows the asset owner, the privacy setting, and the asset members. If you have permission, you can control access to an asset on this page.

Profile page

For data assets, the Profile page shows profile information about the contents of the asset.

Review page

The Review page shows the ratings and reviews of the asset by catalog collaborators. You can rate the asset and write a review on this page.

Activities page

The Activities page shows the activities graph for the asset. The activities graph shows the history of the events performed on the asset.

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