Asset previews

You can see a preview of the contents of most types of assets:

  • For relational data, CSV, Avro, partitioned data files, and Parquet files, the preview includes column names, data types, data classes, and a subset of rows of data. Data classes identify the type of content in the column. Data classes are inferred automatically as part of the asset profile. For connected data, you can see when the data in the preview was last fetched from the connection and refresh the preview data in projects and catalogs by clicking Refresh.

Data connections marked with a key icon (the key symbol for private connections) are locked. If you are authorized to preview the data source, you are asked to enter your personal credentials the first time you select it. This is a one-time step that permanently unlocks the connection for you. See Adding connections to projects.

  • For PDF, text, images, and Microsoft Excel documents, the preview shows the whole document.
  • For folder assets, the preview shows the files and subfolders, which you can also preview.
  • For notebooks, the preview shows the whole notebook.
  • For models, the preview shows information about the model.

  • For dashboards, the preview shows a snapshot of what the dashboard looks like. When you select to publish a dashboard to a catalog, you can choose to add screen captures of the dashboard with the dashboard file to the catalog. If a snapshot of the dashboard was added to the catalog, users can preview the snapshot before adding the dashboard from the catalog into another project.

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 anonymized by a data policy. Data policies can anonymize data by masking the original values with similarly formatted values, or by substituting the values and format of the data with meaningless values. Within a catalog, the owner of the asset is not affected by data policies and always sees the original values. Within a project, all project collaborators see the asset the way it looks to the person who adds it from the catalog.