Data Catalog in Analytical Designer

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Data Catalog in Analytical Designer contains attributes, measures, and calculated measures that are available for your insights.

Data Catalog has three tabs that display either all data or only measure or attributes.

To add items from the Data Catalog to your insight, drag and drop them into the appropriate section in the insight. For details about creating insights, see Create Insights.

Data Catalog displays only items that are relevant to your insight. Items that cannot be added are hidden. Analytical Designer then displays a message in Data Catalog to inform you. For details, see the FAQ section below.

Search for items

You can use the search bar in the Data Catalog to search for measures and attributes you need.

Analytical Designer scans all item names and displays any item that contains your search string.

If you organize your catalog, Analytical Designer scans also the group names. For details, see Organize Data Catalog.

When you switch to another tab, the search results adjust to correspond with the items to be displayed in that tab.

Organize Data Catalog

All measures and attributes in Data Catalog are sorted alphabetically in a single list.

To help users find related items and group these visually, administrators can use the  ADCatalogGrouping platform setting. For details, see Platform Settings.

By default, the ADCatalogGrouping is set to Disabled .

To group measures and attributes, you have the following two options:

  • Group using folders
    The platform setting value is ByFolders.
  • Group using tags
    The platform setting value is ByTagNamingConvention .

Both options are visually the same. For differences, see the sections below.

Groups and items within the groups are also sorted alphabetically.

Items that do not belong to any group are displayed in Ungrouped. Ungrouped is always the last group in the list.

For details about editing platform settings, see Platform Settings.

Group by folders

Use folders if you want to localize their names in Analytical Designer. Folder names can contain special characters and capital letters, however, one item can belong only to a single folder/group.

To group by folders, set the ADCatalogGrouping platform setting to ByFolders. For details, see Platform Settings.

For details about localization, see Metadata Localization.

Group by tags

Use tags if you want to add an item to multiple groups and do not need localization.

You can add tags in the Manage section in GoodData Portal. For details, see Add a Tag to a Fact, Add a Tag to a Metric, and Add a Tag to an Attribute.

Tags can contain only lowercase letters and no white spaces. To display user-friendly group names, GoodData offers a parsing mechanism as follows:

  • The tags must start with adgroup_
  • The _ (underscore) character is replaced by a white space
  • Each letter after _ (underscore) is capitalized
    adgroup_web_analytics = Web Analytics
  • To capitalize a letter inside a word, use ˆ (circumflex accent)
    adgroup_campaignˆa_donations = CampaignA Donations
  • To start a word with a lowercase letter, add __ (two underscores) before the word
    adgroup_spend__analysis = Spend analysis

To group by tags, set the ADCatalogGrouping platform setting to ByTagNamingConvention. For details, see Platform Settings.

Add items to Data Catalog

You can upload a CSV file with your data to add new items to your Data Catalog. For details, see Add Data from a File to a Project.

FAQs

Can I hide some items from Data Catalog?

Yes, you can hide items in the embedded mode. Use the includeObjetsWithTags and excludeObjectsWithTags parameters to display or hide the measures, attributes, and dates.

If you assign tags to folders, these parameters do not show/hide them. To show a folder, show at least one item in this folder. To hide a folder, hide all items in the folder.

For additional info, see Embed Analytical Designer.

Why do some items disappear from Data Catalog?

Items in Data Catalog change dynamically as you create your insight. Analytical Designer shows only items that you can add to your insight at the moment.

Also, items in your Data Catalog correspond with the data model of your workspace. Contact your admin if you have any questions.