Searching for assets
Search for assets in the enterprise to better understand your data.
About this task
To search for assets, you must have the Information Governance Catalog User role, or higher.
The search engine searches for the string that you type in the asset name and description. The result list depends on the following factors:
- Text match - the provided text is searched in the asset name and description, where name contributes more to the higher place in the result list.
- Asset rating - the higher the average rating the asset has, the higher it is on the results list. The assets that you rated high are higher in the results list than the assets that you did not rate, or rated low. Therefore, when two users search for the same keyword, the results might be different.
- Comments - the higher the number of comments, the higher the asset is on the results list. The assets that you commented are higher in the results list than the assets that you did not comment. Therefore, when two users search for the same keyword, the results might be different.
- Context match - the search results list might contain the closest neighbors of assets that are returned based on the text match. For example, when you type 'bank' in the search field, and there's a database schema called 'Bank' which is related to a database table called 'Accounts', both assets are returned in the search results.
- Modification date - the assets that were modified recently are more likely to be returned in the search results.
- Quality score - the higher the score, the higher the asset is on the results list. Quality score applies to assets analyzed in InfoSphere® Information Analyzer. These asset types are database views, database tables, database columns, design views, design tables, design columns, data file records, and data file fields.
- Usage - the more relationships of type
usesan asset has, the higher it is on the results list. Usage applies to assets of types host, database, database schema, database table, and database column. The usage factor is generated from the recent information that is provided by the Db2 producer.
Note: The search is case-sensitive. It means that the results with the matching case are higher on the results list. It's still possible to find the assets with a different case than the one provided in the search, but such results are lower on the results list.
- Special characters in search
- When you include a special character in the search string, it is treated literally and does not
have any function. For example, when you type
bank*, the search engine searches exactly for this string, not for assets that start with
bank. It's possible to search for assets that contain special characters, but the following restrictions apply:
- Search engine searches for special characters only in the asset name, not in the description.
- When you type only a special character in the search field, only assets that start with this special character are returned in the search results.
- When you want to search for an asset that has a special character in the middle of its name, you
must also type the first part of the name before the special character. For example, to search for a
Clothes with 50% discount, in the search field you must type
Clothes with 50%.
- On the welcome page, type the text in the search field.
Learn more about the assets in the results list:
- Display description of the asset, its rating and comment by clicking the chevron on the left of the asset name, or by clicking the asset field.
- Review asset relationships in the Relationships pane. To open the graph in a larger view, click Explore relationships.
- Go to the details page of the asset by clicking the asset name.