Coming Soon: Search page improvements

In August, we plan to release a series of improvements to our search page including: 

  • Category tabs to replace the result type dropdown
  • Collapsible filter groups for the left sidebar
  • A new discovery-driven All Results Page to highlight a more comprehensive set of result types for broad searches
  • A new Advanced Search Builder utility for more complex searches that take advantage of boolean operators and our advanced search syntax


Coming Soon: Resource page breadcrumb navigation

We're investing in navigation enhancements across the site for community and enterprise users. This week, we plan to roll out a beta breadcrumbs feature to help you get back to your list views from your resource pages. This first beta release will include easy access to your organization page from metadata catalog resources, quick filters to navigate back to similar items in your catalog, and basic hierarchical navigation for things like tables and columns. Additional hierarchical navigation support is planned for the coming months.


Coming soon: Resource Type Search Filter

Next week, we will be releasing an update to the Search UI to include a new standard filter for Resource Type. This has been a much requested filter option to help users drill down into the specific resource types returned from search. This filter includes our common types like datasets, projects, and queries as well as custom types that are configured for your organization's catalog.

This change will also update the presentation order of the search filters as:
1. Resource Type
2. Owner
3. Status
4. Tag
5. Collection
6... Custom configured facets

Coming soon: Metrics update

On Thursday, June 10, we will be deploying a major update to data.world Enterprise Data Catalog customer Usage and Governance Reporting, which is delivered to the ddw-metrics-* dataset in your catalog.

These changes have focused on performance optimizations, increased consistency, some additional columns, and some new tables/reports. Some columns have been renamed to order to achieve consistent use and definitions.

If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know at support@data.world or via your customer success representative.

Multi-tenant change log

Single-tenant change log (private sites & private installs)


DockerHub and metadata collector enhancement roundup

Our metadata collector (dwcc, aka the data.world Catalog Collector) is now available on DockerHub! Simply run docker pull datadotworld/dwcc:x.xx where x.xx is your desired version, and you're in business. It's that easy.

Other enhancements to the metadata collector:

  • Updated Domo collector to improve relationship modeling
  • Various Tableau & Manta collector fixes & enhancements
  • Denodo metadata collector support shifted to Denodo 8
  • --config-file option for metadata collector (Beta): We've heard your feedback on wanting a simplified way to manage the configurations for your metadata collectors. The config file will become the default way in the near future to set your parameters going forward. Lots more info on this coming soon! 

Bug roundup 🐞

In the last few weeks, several minor bugs and enhancements have been made. Here are some notable ones:

Improved help text for tags, including on pressing “Enter” to add tags

Improved empty state messaging for adding contributors to a dataset

Consistent use of timestamps in alerts and notifications

Navigation tabs on various pages are now keyboard-navigable (left and right arrow keys) for ease of browsing and improved accessibility

“Share” button directly opens “Grant access” modal

Consistent use of display name in emails

Text truncation fixed for filter bars and the project workbench

Various layout, text, and navigational misalignments or inconsistencies

Coming Soon: Addressing timezone inconsistency

🚨 Default behavior change coming next week 🚨

We have recently discovered that when executing queries, there are some cases where our DATETIME columns contain timezone information, and other cases where they do not. This is primarily an issue that arises with columns containing date/time information in uploaded files (we do not see this with live tables). We have decided to address this inconsistency. Starting next week, query result columns of type DATETIME will no longer contain timezone information, while columns of type DATETIMESTAMP will always contain timezone information.

The impact of this change shouldn’t be significant, and most users will see no change. However, if you have queries across ingested data which aggregate on DATETIME columns, or do DATE_ADD() style calculations, you may notice differences in your results depending on your current timezone.

If you are impacted by this change, here are some ways to clarify your intent w.r.t. timezones:

  1. CAST the resulting column to a DATETIMESTAMP to force timezones, or DATETIME to strip timezones (documentation)
  2. Use AT_TIME_ZONE() to explicitly state your timezone (documentation)
  3. Ensure that the table column type is set to be of type DATETIMESTAMP or DATETIME (documentation)

Note: If timezone information is desired, but not defined, UTC is assumed. 

Please contact support@data.world with any questions or concerns. As always, we’re happy to help.

Coming soon: Metrics update

An update is coming soon for the following metrics tables.

Events - Pageviews - Last 90 Days: This table now includes all types of pageviews, whereas previously it was filtered to only include dataset and project views. In addition, the window has been extended from 30 to 90 days.

Events - Queries: This new table is a detailed audit of query events. This was previously already available for multi-tenant customers. Going forward, it will also be available for single-tenant or virtual private customers. More details are included in the data dictionary markdown file. 

Resources - Datasets: This table contains a new column called “notificationsEmail” which includes any additional email address associated with the notifications for the dataset, as set in the dataset settings.

Visits - New Users By Month: This table logic has been updated to be consistent with other metrics, namely Visits - Unique Visitors To Date and Visits - Unique Visitors - All Time List.

New metadata collector in private beta: Looker

We're proud to announce a new metadata collector is now available for enterprise customer use in private beta -- Looker (business intelligence). Let us know if you'd like to get your hands on the early version of this collector.

As we get closer to general availability, we'll be releasing more information on these exciting expanded metadata and discovery capabilities!


Coming soon: Search support for custom metadata

Keep your eyes open for an exciting new feature in upcoming enterprise releases.
Soon, our standard search behavior will be expanded to include custom metadata associated with your catalog resources. This feature will enable users to execute generic searches such as "Smith" and find resources where "Jane Smith" is listed as "Steward" (a custom metadata property) for a given resource. This feature will be accessible to enterprise customers and will include public API support.

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