Azure Data Catalog – Glossary setup

Microsoft in the News

If you are like me, you saw the upcoming augmented reality technology as mainly something for gaming or for consumers looking for additional information and connection – think, Oculus, Magic Leap, and Google glass. Then I read that the Swedish company Tetra Pak is using Microsoft’s HoloLens to help their Service Engineers diagnose and fix Tetra Pak machines.

In my last blog I talked about the IoT revolution. Tetra Pak is taking it one step further. To start, Tetra Pak packaging machines are loaded with IoT devices that communicate with the Cloud to ensure that maintenance problems are dealt with before there is a problem. Sensors throughout the machines monitor the various functions and will predict when equipment needs maintenance. In this way, production lines can avoid many breakdowns.

Now add a HoloLens. As a Service Engineer is viewing the machine, feedback is given via the HoloLens to help them quickly diagnose and fix any issues. It got me thinking …

I can imagine that in the near future, you will be able to connect your HoloLens to the cloud and ask for assistance in doing virtually anything. Want to change the brakes on your car? Input the make and model and get a step by step walk through right in front of your eyes. Simply look at the wheel and arrows point to the item you need to remove or add, along with tips and tricks. Want to build a deck? Again, step by step instructions before your eyes. Any hobby or task could be made accessible to anyone because they could have an AI and an instruction package walking you through every step. It will be like having a professional guiding your hand in anything you want to accomplish.

The same will eventually apply to professions. Surgeons are already using augmented reality to overlay a patient with computer generated enhancements. Before too long, the lack of a super steady hand and a stomach for blood may be the only thing keeping you and I from being able to perform surgery.

ADC – Glossary setup

As mentioned in my last post we will look at the Glossary in this post. In my post on tagging I talked about how tagging in the free version is free form. There are no constraints or limitations on what you can pin as a tag, other than it limit duplicates. The glossary will address the challenge that this freedom can pose.

The glossary allows an organization to document key business terms and their definitions to create a custom business vocabulary. This enables consistency in the data usage across the entire catalog. Once you have set up the terms, they can be used in tagging. This enforces a governed approach to what tags are used.

When not set up you get this message when you choose it from the menu.


This is because the free edition of Data Catalog does not include the glossary. To update your subscription, go to Settings scroll down to pricing and choose “Standard Edition”


Then choose save. Now when I choose glossary I get this.


Now you are able to start adding to your glossary. Note that only glossary administrators and catalog administrators can create new terms.


The very first term you enter will not need to have a parent term. To choose a parent, the parent term has to exist to associate to it.

Term Name – is the name of the Tag. This should be exactly what you want the tag to look like so if you want it to be an acronym, the acronym should be used here.

Parent Term – this is the name of the term you want the term to be a child of.

Definition – this is the definition of the business term

Description – This is different from the definition in that it is a description of the intended use of the term

Stakeholders – This is where you can tag your subject matter experts – people who know the most about a term.

In the next blog, we will look at the glossary in more detail

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