Suggestions from similar assets

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As a data team ourselves, we know metadata curation can be time-consuming. So to reduce that burden, each time you fill in a metadata gap Atlan looks for other places to reuse that information.

For example:

  1. You add the description Information about customers to a table called CUSTOMER.
  2. Atlan will look for any other tables called CUSTOMER without a description.
  3. Atlan suggests Information about customers as the description for these other CUSTOMER tables.

Atlan is always working behind-the-scenes to help fill in the gaps! πŸŽ‰

Our goals:

  • Reduce the metadata curation burden
  • Reduce human error
  • Improve consistency across the data stack
πŸ’ͺ Did you know? Even if a field is blank, everyone can still see potential information for an asset from these suggestions.

Frequently asked questions

Are suggestions available for everything in my instance?

No, suggestions are only available for assets of the same type with the same name.

For example:

  • You are on a CUSTOMER table asset with no description.
  • You will only see a suggestion if there is another CUSTOMER table asset with a description already in place.
  • If there is a column called CUSTOMER with a description, you will not see its description as a suggestion on a table named CUSTOMER.

If my asset already has that field populated, will there be a suggestion to update it?

No, suggestions are currently only available for assets without that field populated.

Do suggestions work across asset types (for example, from database to BI dashboard)?

No, currently Atlan only provides suggestions for the same asset type.

Will Atlan make suggestions for similar, but not identical assets?

Not exactly. Currently Atlan makes suggestions for assets that have exactly the same name.

For example:

  • Two tables named CUSTOMER and CUSTOMERS will not share suggestions.
  • But two tables named CUSTOMER, even if one is in Snowflake and the other is in BigQuery, will share suggestions.

Does Atlan come up with its own suggestions?

No, Atlan only suggests what has already been filled in on some other asset. Atlan does not create its own suggestions.

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