Contribute to Data

Last modified: October 20, 2020

After you find and select a data asset, review its details, and then help other Connect users by adding missing details. Assets also provide a platform for users to socialize with one another about the asset.

Connect provides prompts for missing details, encouraging users to provide information and complete assets as possible. Prompts display near the detail's field. Users may select Yes to provide information, or select No to close the prompt. The prompt does not appear again once closed.

Review Asset Details

  • Description contains any alternate (alias) names for the asset, description text entered by other Connect users or administrators, and description text discovered when the asset metadata was imported into Connect.
  • Details provides the basic metadata for the asset, including the file type, timestamps, and IDs.
  • In Relationships, you can see a visual representation of how the data asset relates to other assets. Select Open Nexus button to open the Nexus view, which provides an interactive graphical view of connectedness and dependencies.
  • Data Flow shows any file inputs and outputs for this data asset.
  • To open the data asset, select Open. If you need access to the asset, select Action > Request Access to notify the owner of the asset.

For a more detailed list, see Understand Assets.

Contribute and Socialize

  • Edit: Select to access a version of the asset page with all inline editable fields accessible for a mass edit. This helps other users locate the asset during searches.
  • Comment: Select to view existing comments about this asset, provide feedback, ask a question, or create tasks, called TODOs.
    • Select Give feedback or ask a question to leave a message on the asset.
    • Select No resolved threads to only see unanswered comments.
    • If you are mentioned in the Comment section, you will get a notification. 
  • Share: Select to open the Share window. To add Recipients, search for Connect users or add additional emails. Enter a Message and select Share to send an email to the selected recipients.
  • Rate: Use the Like or Dislike button to provide a rating for the asset, letting other users know how useful you found the asset. The asset owner will be notified about the rating you gave to the asset.
  • Select the menu to access additional options, including:
    • Subscribe to an asset to receive notifications when any changes are made to the page.
    • Versions: Select to open a dialog that allows you to compare different versions of the asset. A new version is created after each edit, and a user can revert to a previous version if needed.
    • If you are a member of the Certifiers group, select Action > Certify or Action > Do Not Use to tag the asset and help others decide whether this asset is approved or unapproved for use. For more information, see Certify Assets.

Bulk Edits of Assets

Bulk edit can save you time by choosing and updating multiple assets at once. You can edit the fields in bulk, for example: Description, Owner, Tag, Alternative Name, Last updated, Relationships, Related terms, and other. 

You can select assets both in any asset section (Analytic Workflows, Reports, and so on) and in Advanced Search.

  1. To open the bulk edit operation, select the Bulk operations icon while being on a list of assets. 
    Screenshot of Connect  while selecting Bulk operations.
  2. To select multiple assets of your choice, check the box next to their icons. To execute the bulk edits operation, select the Execute bulk edit icon. The Bulk edit window pops up. 
    Screenshot of Connect  while selecting multiple assets and Execute bulk edit.
  3. In the Bulk edit window, select the field you want to change, then select which action to use. After you select the action you want to perform for the selected field, you can enter the values you want to change if needed. 
    Actions you can perform with the bulk edit:    
    1. Remove All: By selecting the Remove All action, the field value will be erased. 
    2. Add Value: By selecting the Add Value action, a value will be added to already existing value(s) in given field.  
    3. Replace Value: All existing content of the fields you want to change is replaced with the provided value.
  4. To confirm the bulk edit operation, select the Change button.

How to Change Multiple Fields at Once

If you would like to change multiple fields at once, select + (Add icon), then select the field to edit, followed by selecting the action you want to perform.

To delete a field from the bulk edit, select - (Remove icon). 

Screenshot showing how to add or remove a field from a bulk edit.

See the following short video demonstration about the Bulk Edits.

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