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Business terms

The business glossary of the metadata catalog on brings your business terms into the heart of working with your data. Since different business units can have their own glossary terms, each organization can also have its own glossary.

Glossary terms are available for easy access by everyone in your organization. Each term is also linkable to underlying data and projects to support a dynamic and fluid user experience. This seamless integration gives you the ability to easily keep glossary terms current and associate terms new data and projects, as necessary.

There are two different methods for adding existing business terms into a glossary in your catalog. If you've already defined an existing list of terms, can upload the list for you. If you don't yet have any terms, we can help you define new terms and then upload them. After creating your business glossary, you can easily manage it from within by editing, adding, and deleting terms.

Any business glossary for any organization is accessible from the Glossary item in the left sidebar.


If available, a glossary is also accessible from the home page of the organization in the business terms tile.


When you open the glossary, you'll see that it has not only a list of terms, but also a variety of other metadata information custom-configured for your catalog:


In the example shown above, the left side of the screen contains check boxes for each of the Collections that reference various terms. Below the collections, you'll find check boxes for each Type of term and the Tags used for them. Keep in mind that the glossary for each organization contains different, configurable, metadata elements.

Although you can delete glossary terms, it is often a better idea to differentiate between current, or approved terms and deprecated ones. The green icon to the right of the terms shown above is an example of a glossary that flags terms as approved. When a term is no longer necessary, it can be marked as deprecated.

Overview tab

When you click on a business term in a glossary, the details page for that term will appear. The Overview tab is the default view of this page, and presents the metadata for the glossary term.

The metadata displayed on the Overview tab is completely configurable with our metadata cataloger. In the example shown in the figure below, you can see the Name of the term, the status, and the resource in which it is found. You can also see a Description, Summary, and More Information.


Scroll down you'll find the relationship information, including the dashboards, tables, and columns that make reference to this term.


Technical Details is the last section, which displays the knowledge graph that depicts the relationships for this term.


At the top-right of the Overview tab is the About section that lists:

  • Any collections that employ this term.

  • When the term was created and last updated.

  • The people in the organization who are responsible for maintaining the term—with links to their user profiles.

  • Verification information.

  • Tags.

Discussion tab

The Discussion tab contains information about the term, its status, usage, and other details. It is a place to document and discuss the term while keeping the discussion separate from the other, permanent components. Discussion topics are grouped on the left and you can either add to an existing topic or create a new one.

Settings tab

The Settings tab lists the permissions for access to the business term. A permissions can be transferred to another organization or deleted.