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TopBraid EDG Data Governance Packages

TopBraid Enterprise Data Governance (TopBraid EDG) is a solution for comprehensive data governance. EDG makes it possible for you to manage a complete range of assets and use cases. We recognize that in ramping up a data governance program, different organizations may have differing priorities and starting points. With EDG, you can start incrementally. For example, some organizations may start using EDG for just business glossaries or just reference data, others may first focus on metadata management. After the initial start, you can always extend your scope to governing other assets when you are ready to do so. To support this comprehensive but staged approach, TopBraid EDG provides the following packages, any of which are available as an initial configuration of EDG. Each package can also be used in any combination with the other packages toward your targeted scope of data governance.

Governance Packages Available in TopBraid EDG

Business Glossary Package Icon
Reference Data Management Package Icon
Reference Data
Vocabulary Management Package Icon
Basic Metadata Management Package Icon
Basic Metadata
Advanced Metadata Management Package Icon
Advanced Metadata

Add-on Modules Available in TopBraid EDG

List and Descriptions of All Asset Types Available* in TopBraid EDG

*Note: Additionally, customer defined assets are also supported. See the add-on module Customer Defined Asset Types.


Business Glossary Package

Support for
Business Glossaries

The Business Glossary package provides a simple starting place for a data governance initiative. It lets you define and connect glossary terms. When used in combination with the metadata management packages, it lets you establish connections between terms and technical metadata.

Reference Data Management Package

Support for
Reference Datasets

The Reference Data Management package makes it easy to bring consistency and accuracy to the use of reference data across enterprise applications. It gives end users flexible capabilities to profile, govern, update and provision reference datasets, and supports comprehensive metadata to document the meaning (semantics) of reference data.

Vocabulary Management Package*

Support for
SKOS Taxonomies

The Vocabulary Management package lets organizations create, connect and use taxonomies (vocabularies that are based on SKOS, the W3C standard for managing taxonomies and thesauruses) and ontologies (non SKOS-based vocabularies. Some may contain schema-level information only—that is, definitions of classes and properties. Others may also contain instances of classes.)

*Note: The vocabulary management capabilities provided in TopBraid EDG are also available as a separate product, TopBraid Enterprise Vocabulary Management (TopBraid EVN). For several years, TopBraid EVN has been and continues to provide web-based collaborative capabilities to commercial enterprises across multiple industries such as digital media and publishing, and government organizations for managing business vocabularies (terminologies) used to improve search, enhance content navigation and align the meaning of data across data sources.
Comparison of TopBraid EVN vs. TopBraid EDG.

Comparison of Products: TopBraid EVN | TopBraid EDG

(alphabetic order)

Support for TopBraid EVN TopBraid EDG
Big Data Assets X
Content Tag Sets X X
Crosswalks X X
Data Assets X
Datatypes X
Enterprise Assets X
Glossaries X
Governance Assets X
Lineage Models X
Ontologies X X
Reference Datasets X
Requirements X
SKOS Taxonomies X X
Technical Assets X

Basic Metadata Management

Support for
Data Assets

The Basic Metadata Management package lets organizations govern technical metadata – information about their databases, datasets, logical and physical data models and other data assets. When combined with the Business Glossaries package, this provides capability to map key data elements to business terms. When combined with the Reference Data package, this provides capability to specify permissible data values as reference data.

Advanced Metadata Management

Support for
Data Assets
Big Data Assets
Lineage Models
Technical Assets
Enterprise Assets

The Advanced Metadata Management package includes all of the capabilities of the Basic Metadata Management package. Additionally, it lets organizations govern information about their business applications, infrastructure, business capabilities and processes. This package also includes the ability to define and trace data lineage as it flows between applications.

Add on Modules Available in TopBraid EDG

Governance Assets provide support for the specification of the metadata associated with policies, issues, risks, indicators and those processes that are concerned with governance of assets. This add-on module can be added to any of the packages within TopBraid EDG.

Customer Defined Asset Types is and add-on module that can added to any of the packages within TopBraid EDG. Data governance today, increasingly, has to address all types of data and the different contexts in which it is created and used. Supporting the full diversity of data governance needs is a key design goal for TopBraid EDG. As a fully model-driven application, TopBraid EDG was designed to be configured and extended to meet the specific data governance needs of any organization. Customers can extend and configure models, add custom properties, or new models to support new asset types. Extensions are easy to do, don’t require programming and will survive upgrades.

TopBraid Tagger is a web-based tool for linking controlled vocabulary terms to content. Content resources can be tagged manually or auto-tagged using Tagger's Auto-Classification feature. Users can then review the results of auto-tagging. Originally available only as an add-on module to TopBraid EVN, Tagger can be used in conjunction with the Vocabulary Management package within TopBraid EDG, which is exactly the same as having the TopBraid EVN product within EDG.

TopBraid Vocabulary Explorer is a web-based browse-only tool for exploring vocabularies (Vocabulary Explorer can be used for the Vocabulary Management package within TopBraid EDG and for vocabularies managed within TopBraid EVN). Vocabulary Management package users can publish vocabularies for use in this browsing environment. The tool offers a tree view, an ‘A through Z’ view and comprehensive search features. TopBraid Vocabulary Explorer can be installed on a separate server and can be licensed for up to 5000 or an unlimited number of users.

List of Governance Asset Types Available in TopBraid EDG

(alphabetic order)

Big Data Assets Icon Business Glossaries  Content Tag Sets Icon
Big Data Assets support the specification of assets that make up a big data ecosystem. Big Data assets include metadata for Avro and other Schemas, Catalogs (e.g. HCatalog), Clusters, Configurations, Containers, Files, HBase, HDFS, Jobs, Nodes, Property-Value Pairs, Recipes, Region Servers, Regions, Resilient Distributed Datasets (RDDs), Schedulers, Sqoop and other Scripts, Tables, and Trackers. Included in EDG Package: Advanced Metadata Management Business Glossaries let you define and connect business terms. Creating a Business Glossary can provide a simple starting place for a data governance initiative. When used in combination with the metadata management packages in EDG, a glossary lets you establish connections between terms and technical metadata. Included in EDG Package: Business Glossary Content Tag Sets are used for tagging content using vocabularies managed in Vocabulary Management Package. Use of Content Tag Sets requires the add-on module TopBraid Tagger. Users can tag (assign metadata to) content through a visual user interface that displays the context for both the content and the vocabulary. They can also run Tagger's auto-classification capability to automatically assign relevant tags to content and review the results. Included in Add-on Module: TopBraid Tagger with AutoClassifier used in conjunction with EDG Package: Vocabulary Management
Crosswalks Icon Datatypes Icon  Enterprise Assets Icon
Crosswalks let you create connections between the terms in two different vocabularies. This is especially useful for defining connections between two different standard vocabularies or between a standard one and a specialized local one. Applications can use saved crosswalk connection data to enhance the use of either vocabulary by taking advantage of the connected data and metadata for search, classification, and other operations. Included in EDG Packages: Reference Data Management, Vocabulary Management Datatypes support the specification of scalar data types, structured datatypes, scales and code lists. Scalar datatypes include all of the ORACLE data types. Structured data types provide for the definition of arrays, lists and other composite data types. Code lists are used to specify enumerated values that need not be governed as reference data, such as status values. Included in EDG Packages: Basic Metadata Management, Advanced Metadata Management Enterprise Assets enable specification of the metadata associated with an enterprise's business areas, activities, functions, roles, capabilities, processes, and information assets such as documents and reports. Included in EDG Package: Advanced Metadata Management
Lineage Models Icon Ontologies Icon  Reference Datasets Icon
Lineage Models provide for the specification of how data flows from databases, applications to users, for reports, in support of business activities and functions, and the enablement of enterprise capabilities. Included in EDG Package: Advanced Metadata Management Ontologies are knowledge models that can be used to generate data models (for example) or are simply used as for various purposes as important documentation and reference for the business stakeholders. In EDG, they can be used as conceptual models that can connect terms with the technical metadata (e.g., tables and columns). Included in EDG Packages: Reference Data Management, Vocabulary Management Reference Datasets are controlled datasets of industry defined codes. Reference datasets are essentially lists such as country codes, currency codes and product types. Reference data is found in practically every enterprise application including back-end systems, front-end commerce applications, and data warehouses. In EDG, the main classes for respective reference datasets are defined in corresponding ontologies. Included in EDG Package: Reference Data Management
Requirements Icon Taxonomies Icon  Technical Assets Icon
Requirements allows for the specification of requirements such as data requirements, regulatory requirements and security requirements and support traceability for other EDG-managed assets. Included in EDG Package: Advanced Metadata Management SKOS Taxonomies are vocabularies that are based on SKOS, the W3C standard for managing taxonomies and thesauruses. These information models contain hierarchies of terms connected using broader/narrower relationships. In addition to standard SKOS attributes, they can contain custom attributes and relationships. Included in EDG Package: Vocabulary Management Technical Assets support the specification of systems, applications and technical hardware like servers and networks. Included in EDG Package: Advanced Metadata Management

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