Activities for assets

For some asset types, you can see the activities of each asset in projects and catalogs. The activities graph shows the history of the events performed on the asset in Watson Studio, Watson Knowledge Catalog, and Watson Machine Learning. An event is an action that changes or copies the asset. For example, editing the asset description is an event, but viewing the asset is not an event.

To view activities for an asset, click the asset name in a project or catalog and click the Activities page. The activities graph shows a timeline of events. Summary information about the asset shows where asset was created, how many times it was added to projects or catalogs, what the last event for it was, and when the last event happened. Click an event to see its details. The first event for each asset is its creation.

You can see this type of information about each event:

  • Where: In which catalog or project the event occurred.
  • Who: The name of the user who performed the action, unless the action was automated. Automated actions generate events, but don’t show user names.
  • What: A description of the action. Some events show details about the original and updated values.
  • When: The date and time of the event. activities also tracks relationships between assets. In the activities graph, the creation of a new asset based on the original asset is shown as a branching event. For example, when you add an existing catalog asset to a project or publish an existing project asset to a catalog, you create a new asset that is a copy of the original asset. Double-click the branching event to expand and view the node for the related asset. Click the link for the related asset on the event details pane to go to that asset.

Watch this short video to see how to track activities of a data asset.

Figure 1. Video iconData Asset Lineage
This video shows you how to track the lineage of a data asset.

Requirements and limitations

Activities are not available with all Watson Studio and Watson Knowledge Catalog plans.

Activities have the following limitations:

  • Activities graphs are currently available only for Watson Machine Learning models and data assets.
  • Activities graphs do not appear in Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 browsers

  • Only assets that are created after activities tracking began on 20 July, 2018, have activities graphs.

Activities events

Activities events can describe actions that are applicable to all asset types or actions that are specific to an asset type:

General events

You can see these general events:

  • Published to a catalog from a project
  • Added to a project from a catalog
  • Name updated
  • Description updated
  • Tags updated
  • Classification updated
  • Membership updated
  • Privacy updated
  • Owner updated

Events specific to Watson Machine Learning models

Activities tracking is available for all Watson Machine Learning service plans, however, you won’t see events for actions that are not available with your plan.

In addition to general events, you can see these events that are specific to models:

  • Model created
  • Model deployed
  • Model re-evaluated
  • Model retrained
  • Set as active model
  • Model deployment payload logged (Enterprise plan only)
  • Deployment payload logging enabled (Enterprise plan only)
  • Deployment payload logging disabled (Enterprise plan only)

    A model asset shows this information in the Created from field, depending on how it was created:

  • The name of the associated data asset
  • The name of the associated connection asset
  • The project name where it was created

Events specific to data assets from files and connected data assets

In addition to general events, you can see these events that are specific to data assets from files and connected data assets:

  • Added to project from a Data Refinery flow
  • Added to a project from a file
  • Added to a catalog from a file
  • Imported to a catalog from Information Governance Catalog
  • Data classes updated
  • Schema updated by a Data Refinery flow
  • Profile created
  • Profile updated
  • Profile deleted
  • Downloaded

A data asset shows this information in the Created from field, depending on how it was created:

  • The name of the Data Refinery flow that created it
  • Its associated connection name
  • The project name or catalog name where it was created or came from