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DataHub Features

DataHub is made up of a generic backend and a React-based UI. Original DataHub blog post talks about the design extensively and mentions some of the features of DataHub. Our open sourcing blog post also provides a comparison of some features between LinkedIn production DataHub vs open source DataHub. Below is a list of the latest features that are available in DataHub, as well as ones that will soon become available.

Entities#

Datasets#

  • Search: full-text & advanced search, search ranking
  • Browse: browsing through a configurable hierarchy
  • Schema: table & document schema in tabular and JSON format
  • Coarse grain lineage: support for lineage at the dataset level, tabular & graphical visualization of downstreams/upstreams
  • Ownership: surfacing owners of a dataset, viewing datasets you own
  • Dataset life-cycle management: deprecate/undeprecate, surface removed datasets and tag it with "removed"
  • Institutional knowledge: support for adding free form doc to any dataset
  • Fine grain lineage: support for lineage at the field level [coming soon]
  • Social actions: likes, follows, bookmarks [coming soon]
  • Compliance management: field level tag based compliance editing [coming soon]
  • Top users: frequent users of a dataset [coming soon]

Users & Groups#

  • Search: full-text & advanced search, search ranking
  • Browse: browsing through a configurable hierarchy [coming soon]
  • Profile editing: LinkedIn style professional profile editing such as summary, skills

Dashboards & Charts#

  • Search: full-text & advanced search, search ranking
  • Basic information: ownership, location. Link to external service for viewing the dashboard.
  • Institutional knowledge: support for adding free form doc to any dashboards [coming soon]

Tasks & Pipelines#

  • Search: full-text & advanced search, search ranking
  • Browse: browsing through a configurable hierarchy
  • Basic information:
  • Execution history: Executions and their status. Link to external service for viewing full info.

Tags#

  • Globally defined: Tags provided a standardized set of labels that can be shared across all your entities
  • Supports entities and schemas: Tags can be applied at the entity level or for datasets, attached to schema fields.
  • Searchable Entities can be searched and filtered by tag

Schemas [coming soon]#

  • Search: full-text & advanced search, search ranking
  • Browse: browsing through a configurable hierarchy
  • Schema history: view and diff historic versions of schemas
  • GraphQL: visualization of GraphQL schemas

Metrics [coming soon]#

  • Search: full-text & advanced search, search ranking
  • Browse: browsing through a configurable hierarchy
  • Basic information: ownershp, dimensions, formula, input & output datasets, dashboards
  • Institutional knowledge: support for adding free form doc to any metric

Fine-Grained Access Controls#

DataHub also provides mechanisms to control who has access to which metadata entities via UI & API. Using this functionality, admins of DataHub can define policies such as

  • Dataset Owners should be able to update Documentation, but not Tags, for all datasets.
  • A specific Data Steward should be able to add tags to any Dataset, but edit nothing else.
  • Data Platform team should have all privileges for DataHub, including manging policies & viewing platform analytics.

For an in-depth introduction into Fine-Grained Access Control, check out Fine-Grained Access Policies and the August 2021 Town Hall demo.

Metadata Sources#

We have a Metadata Ingestion Framework which supports a variety of popular connectors, like

  • BigQuery
  • Snowflake
  • Redshift
  • Postgres
  • Kafka
  • MySQL
  • Hive
  • Looker
  • MongoDB

and many more.