New Governance Blog covering IGC

Hi everyone…. here’s a pointer to another IGC and Governance resource written by some of my IBM colleagues…..  this post includes details on the advantages of using OpenIGC to extend governance to any kind of assets… .   Happy reading!


Explore the Benefits of Information Governance with the IGC Trial

Earlier today we released the first implementation of the InfoSphere Information Governance Catalog Trial!   This is a downloadable module that lets you quickly and easily get a closer look at the Information Governance Catalog (IGC), complete with real pre-loaded metadata, business terms, and lineage.    It is a modified Docker-based implementation, and is not intended for production use or full-blown Information Server capability, but it allows you and your team to explore IGC, work with its features, and realize how you can achieve your governance objectives for common understanding, data quality monitoring, and data lineage.   Tutorials and videos will also guide you along the way.   The links below go into far more detail and lead also to the formal download page…     Good luck and enjoy!


Main IGC Trial download page and introduction…

Overview of the IGC Trial and its benefits…

Insightful post from Marc Haber, IGC Offering Manager…

IBM and Hortonworks!

Hi everyone…

Some exciting recent news, if you haven’t seen it yet…announced a few days ago at the DataWorks Summit/Hadoop Summit in San Jose, a new relationship between IBM and Hortonworks!   Read about it here to learn how IBM and Hortonworks are partnering to further the efforts of our customers to expand their big data solutions.

More important for this blogger is the increased attention this brings to Apache Atlas.  Apache Atlas, if you aren’t already familiar, is an evolving open source approach to enterprise information governance, metadata management, and lineage […go here for a general overview: ].   One highlight from news above draws particular attention to the contributions IBM and Hortonworks are making to this effort:

“Partnering On Apache

As part of their wide-ranging partnership, the companies will also team to advance the development of Unified Governance (IBM BigIntegrate, IBM BigQuality and IBM Information Governance Catalog) on the Apache Atlas open platform. Information Governance Catalog) on the Apache Atlas open platform. …”

It’s all a work-in-progress, but this is significant news that will hopefully accelerate the initiative.   Have any of you started working heavily with Atlas?   Which release?  Are you using it exclusively with Hadoop, or externally?   Have you interchanged metadata with Atlas and IGC?  Considering it?    Share your experiences!


Related posts:

Evolving Atlas…




Re-defining Data Lineage

Well..not so much “re-defining” as re-fining, and adding clarity to the definition and the discussion.  Please find the time to review this excellent blog entry by my IBM colleague, Distinguished Engineer and thought leader, Mandy Chessell…


OpenIGC Accelerator

Hi Everyone…

Happy Spring! [for those of you in the northern hemisphere  ; )  ].   Great time to start “cleaning out” and “fixing up” things….whether around the house, or in the corners of our special projects.    In that latter category, I have “tidied up” a little utility I have been working on to assist everyone in building their OpenIGC prototypes or to assist in “getting to know” OpenIGC — a “form builder” for the “Publishing XML” needed to realize instances of your newly modeled and registered OpenIGC artifacts.

A lot of you have expressed the desire to get deeper into OpenIGC, but have found it difficult to get your arms around the xml aspects of it.  Either that, or cutting and pasting xml in a text editor is just not your thing.   For those reasons and others, I have been exploring various ways that a user interface could be created for OpenIGC assets — without resorting to an elegant albeit complex and lengthy GUI development effort.

Digging around, I found some open source javascript tooling to assist, and brushed off enough javascript and html skills to put it together.     At the url listed below you will find a tool that allows you to upload your bundle descriptor and generate a self-populating “form” to construct a publishing xml document for OpenIGC.   It also provides options to save the publishing xml to disk (for future use/editing) or to directly cut and paste into the igc-rest-explorer page.

It’s not “perfect” (I suspect it probably has its share of anomalies if you click on things out of order), but is hopefully a “helper” that will accelerate your efforts to implement custom assets for governance within IGC.

Please carefully READ the instructions (there is a link to instructions and a simple screen shot on the initial page).    The tool does not entirely “hide” your xml, and it REQUIRES that you understand your bundle (if you don’t know what I am talking about regarding OpenIGC and bundles, please review the blog series starting with )! ….still, it does a few nice things for you:

  • Performs all the xml tagging/formatting, ensuring that your xml remains “well-formed”
  • Presents a “pull-down” select list for your classNames and attribute enumerations
  • Generates the list of attributes (properties) for whatever class you select
  • Automatically generates the unique “assetIDs” for the asset instances that you define
  • Generates and presents a pull-down list for selecting “parent” assetIDs

As noted above, I can’t promise that it is entirely bug-free, but I can say that it has already helped me accelerate the prototyping of several bundles that I have been building recently to illustrate the power of OpenIGC for extending the repository.    Have fun, good luck, and please let me know how you make out in using this tool!       –ernie


Accessing IGC via cURL

Hi Everyone…

This is a long overdue post …pointing to an article written by one of my IBM colleagues about accessing IGC metadata via its REST APIs — using cURL as your tooling.   He provides some excellent examples, complete with screen shots and recommendations.  Enjoy!





Tech Talk on Information Analyzer: Virtual Tables

Hi all.

Just wanted to pass along news of another Tech Talk.  This one on Information Analyzer and Virtual Tables.   Here are the details and the link to Eventbrite to register…

October 20, 2016
Time: 9:00 EST
Topic:  Virtual Table Feature in Information Analyzer

This presentation will provide a comprehensive overview of Virtual Table feature in Information Analyzer.  A Virtual Table is essentially a way to filter / limit the data from the source repository while performing IA Analysis like Column Analysis, Key Analysis, and Data Rules Analysis etc. The concept of Virtual Table is available from version 8.1 in IA workbench with quite a few limitations. A new type of Virtual Table called ‘SQL Virtual Table’ is introduced from 11.5 which eliminates all the limitations and allows users to define any complex SQL queries to filter the data during IA analysis. It also allows users to query exceptions directly from the source repository with the known queries. A SQL Virtual Table can be only defined using IA REST API / CLI at this moment. In this session, we will also see a demonstration of this feature.

Who should attend this session? – For all skill levels of current and prospective Information Analyzer users from both IT and line of business.

This topic will be presented by Suresh Tirumalasetti, Software Developer, Information Analyzer.  Suresh has extensive experience software development, customer support especially in Information Analyzer.  Suresh is located in Bangalore, India.

To attend you must register here:

Password: Governance