Discover and Access Data

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Introduction

Imagine that you are in charge of working with a data asset, and you don’t know where it is. It could be a document in a shared drive, an object on cloud storage, or a table on an on-premise database. Typically, you would have to spend time figuring out its location, or worse, recreating it.

At Datameer, we understand that searching for data tends to be more complicated than it should. This is why we have created Spotlight, a semantic layer that gives analysts the ability to search, access, and explore any data regardless of where it is located.

In this tutorial, I will walk you through the few steps to discover and access data using Spotlight. Check out the video above if you rather sit back and watch.

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Using the Search Bar

Using the search bar is the most intuitive way to find data in Spotlight. You can use the search bar to locate workspaces, datasets, and documents. To use it, simply type the name of the asset you are looking for. Spotlight will provide a list of all the most relevant assets that match the search term.

 

To see the full list of results, click on the “Show more…” link.

 

Here you will be able to see more details about each asset found. The available details are:

  1. Name of the asset
  2. Status (Raw, In Progress, Ad Hoc, Certified, Legacy)
  3. Follow toggle
  4. Last indexed date
  5. Source
  6. Number of records
  7. Owner
  8. Description

Spotlight also allows you to filter the search results by user role, asset type, source, and status.

Filtering Results

Once you find the asset you are looking for, double click on it to see more details. In our case, we are going to dive into the “product” dataset. Adding to the information that you can see from the list of results, this screen provides additional information like:

  1. Where is the dataset being referenced?
  2. Visibility of the dataset
  3. Dataset columns
  4. Data preview

If you are previewing a workspace from the list of results, Spotlight will provide a preview of the flow of the workspace, which you can open on the workbench.

 

When you open a workflow on the Workbench, you can preview the data, add operations and also start consuming the data with your BI or data science tool of choice.

This is how easy you can search and discover data using Spotlight. For more details about everything that you can do with Spotlight, please check out our documentation.