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Finding and viewing an asset in a catalog
Finding and viewing an asset in a catalog

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:

Watch the following video on how to find assets quickly in a catalog.

This video provides a visual method as an alternative to following the written steps in this documentation.

Browse for an asset

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

  • Recently added assets
  • Recommended assets
  • Highly rated assets (3 stars or more)

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 that 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, or date added.

You can also search for assets across all catalogs and projects that you belong to.

View an asset

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

Basic information about an asset is shown in the About this asset side panel that you can show or hide by clicking the information icon. The asset information includes asset owner, privacy, format and size, source, tags, and date added.

Information about asset activities is available in a side panel. To view the activities panel, click Activities icon. The activities panel shows the history of the events that are performed on the asset.

Overview page

The asset Overview page shows general properties, such as the description and path. If you have permission, you can edit asset properties and asset relationships on this page. You can view the path of the asset, any governance artifacts that are associated with the asset.

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. The preview might show cached information. To ensure that the latest data is displayed, refresh the page by clicking the refresh button.

Use the Asset page to view the metadata for each column in a schema. You can also 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. Users who are affected by a data protection rule are denied access to the asset, but can still view the asset metadata.

If you are denied access to an asset by a data protection rule, you can see only the metadata of the asset. For example, when you click on a blocked asset in a catalog, you can see the description, assigned terms, custom properties, relationships, and column names of the blocked asset.

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.

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.

Profile page

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

Next steps

Parent topic: Catalog assets