Coming Soon: Changes to custom metadata field configurations

 🚨 Default behavior change coming soon! 🚨 offers the ability to define custom metadata fields on resources like datasets, projects, glossary terms, dashboards, and metadata tables. Custom metadata field types include free text fields, drop-down fields, and multi-select hierarchical fields.

To provide a focused user experience while editing custom metadata, each field had a configuration option to either show the field during the editing process, or else put the field behind a drop-down, requiring a user to find the field in the drop-down before setting its value. The default behavior was to hide the field in the "Add new field" drop-down (pictured below), unless it was flagged as a primary field.

While we typically avoid changing the default behavior of features with widespread adoption, conversations with customers has led us to flipping the default — all fields will show up during the editing experience, unless they are now flagged a secondary field. Only if they are considered a secondary field will they ever be behind the "Add new field" drop down.

The benefit of this change is that users will more easily see all the fields available to edit or provide crowdsourced suggestions for, including fields that are empty and don't have a value set yet.

The edit experience, along with the "Add new field" drop down, in action:

Bottom line - this will result in more fields showing up by default when you click Edit (they won't be hidden under the 'Add new field' drop-down) - unless you mark them as secondary in your metadata configuration (which will hide them under the drop-down).

If you have any concerns or questions on how to implement the secondary setting, including if you'd like to implement it proactively prior to the feature being rolled out, please reach out to your customer success representative or and we'd be happy to assist!

Coming Soon: Access and ownership moved to Settings

Look for this new feature in upcoming releases!

Here's a sneak peek of what to expect:

We are updating the way we present contributors and visibility for datasets and projects. Currently, we have a top level Access tab that controls individual access, and a Visibility section in the Settings tab that controls whether the dataset/project is open, private, or discoverable to the community. To minimize confusion and complexity, we are combining and redesigning these settings into a single pane of glass to simplify understanding and control of “who can see this resource."

This is how the experience will look from a data consumer's perspective:

This is now the experience will look from an admin's perspective:

Featured Search Results for Data Partners

Relevant data partners now appear at the top of some search results as featured results, making it easier to find high-quality, reliable datasets in search. Featured results are disabled for private installs.

If you’re interested in learning more about how we help teams find the right data vendors for their projects, drop us a line at

Coming Soon: Column Search

Look for this new feature in upcoming releases!

Here's a sneak peek of what to expect:

You'll soon see a new banner above your search results highlighting the number of matched column results for your query. You can navigate to your column results either by clicking the banner or using the result type dropdown below the search bar.

Column search surfaces tables within datasets or projects that contain matched columns, and individual column records defined in your metadata catalog. This feature will be available for enterprise and community users.

Metadata management public APIs

We've added a full suite of metadata management endpoints to our public API!

If you need to build custom workflows, integrate with existing tool chains, or require additional flexibility in managing your catalog, head over to our API docs. We've added endpoints to manage glossary terms, analysis resources, data sources, tables, columns, and relationships.

Coming soon: Collection management APIs

New metadata collectors in private beta: Power BI and DBT

We're proud to announce that two new metadata collectors are now available for enterprise customer use in private beta -- Power BI (business intelligence and data visualization) and DBT (next-gen data transformation). Let us know if you'd like to get your hands on the early versions of these collectors.

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

Lineage panel moved closer to technical details

For customers leveraging data artifact lineage, it was a little counterintuitive that the high-level business lineage diagram would show up below your dataset relationships but above all your other relationships. So, we've moved it to just above the Technical details section.

Metrics update: Nov 18, 2020

First of all, this update includes a couple fixes:

  • Visits - New Users By Month was based off of pageviews, which can be affected by ad blockers or restrictive browser settings. It has been switched to use a more robust source of events. This may slightly increase this metric going forward.
  • Visits - Unique Visitors to Date was based off of pageviews, which can be affected by ad blockers or restrictive browser settings. It has been switched to use a more robust source of events. This may slightly increase this metric going forward.

Next, we've added an additional table/report:

  • Users love leveraging our built-in query workbench and federated query capabilities, however often it could be challenging for administrators to easily troubleshoot when queries go wrong or audit what queries are being executed.
  • The new Events - Queries report in your ddw-metrics dataset now provides quick access to audit level details on what queries are being run, by whom, including what the query text is, for fast troubleshooting and effective auditing.
  • This report is currently only available for multi-tenant enterprise customers -- it will be rolled out to single-tenant customers in the next few business days.

Naming update: Members, access, and grant access

Previously, used the words people, contributors, invite, share, and a few other names in various places in the application, which caused confusion.

We now use Members to show the users that are part of an organization, Access as the tab where you can manage access at a more granular level on datasets or other resource pages, and Grant access as a consistent call to action to add additional members.

Also, the Member organization role has been updated to be Basic member to be clear and unique from members more generally.

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