Egeria - Open Metadata
and Governance

Egeria - Open Metadata and Governance

Every week we hear of new tools, data platforms and opportunities for organizations to embrace advanced digital technologies such as artificial intelligence. Yet despite investment and the focus of smart people, few organizations succeed in making wide and systematic use of their data.

Today’s IT is at the heart of the problem. Many tools and data platforms recognize the value of metadata, but manage it in a siloed, proprietary way that assumes they are the only technology employed by the organization. The result is that knowledge is not shared between people that use different tool sets.

Egeria is an open source project dedicated to making metadata open and automatically exchanged between tools and platforms, no matter which vendor they come from.

We believe in the open metadata and governance manifesto:

  • The maintenance of metadata must be automated to scale to the sheer volumes and variety of data involved in modern business.  Similarly the use of metadata should be used to drive the governance of data and create a business friendly logical interface to the data landscape.
  • The availability of metadata management must become ubiquitous in cloud platforms and large data platforms, such as Apache Hadoop so that the processing engines on these platforms can rely on its availability and build capability around it.
  • Metadata access must become open and remotely accessible so that tools from different vendors can work with metadata located on different platforms. This implies unique identifiers for metadata elements, some level of standardization in the types and formats for metadata and standard interfaces for manipulating metadata.
  • Wherever possible, discovery and maintenance of metadata has to be an integral part of all tools that access, change and move information.

We also believe that code talks. Egeria provides an Apache 2.0 licensed platform to support vendors that sign up to the open metadata and governance manifesto.

Figure 1 shows Egeria in action. Today’s organizations have their tools and technologies distributed across multiple data centres and cloud providers. These are shown as the green clouds. The Egeria Open Metadata and Governance (OMAG) Server Platform (blue rounded box) is deployed in each location. Each platform is then configured to run different types of integration services that are tailored to support specific types of tools (see orange circles). The Egeria services also manage the exchange of metadata between the platforms.

Figure 1

The Egeria open metadata and governance technology provides an open metadata type system, frameworks, connectors, APIs, event payloads and interchange protocols to enable tools, engines and platforms to exchange metadata in order to get the best value from data and tools for a wide range of use cases.

Eager to Get Started Now

The Egeria Solutions describe different integration solutions that you can create with Egeria.

If you are interested in getting hands-on with the Egeria technology, try our tutorials. They show people with different roles in a fictitious organization called Coco Pharmaceuticals making use of different capabilities from Egeria.

Alternatively read on for more information.

The Guides

The guides provide step-by-step guidance on a specific aspect of working with Egeria.

  • Community Guide - describes how to join the Egeria community to participate in discussions and other activities.

  • Operations Guide - describes the governance processes used by the Egeria community.

  • Building an Asset Catalog - provides guidance on the different approaches offered by Egeria to maintain a catalog service. A catalog service enables individuals and automated processes to to search for, select and retrieve information about relevant data, systems, applications, software components, processes, … to help them achieve their specific task.

    This guide covers what can be cataloged, the incremental value of each type of information that can be added to the catalog along with the different options to automate the maintenance of the catalog entries.

  • Egeria Planning Guide - provides guidance on how to deploy Egeria in your organization. It will help you decide on which components of Egeria to use, where they should be located and how they need to be configured.

  • Egeria Administration Guide - describes how to configure and operate Egeria to support the integration of different types of technologies.

  • Egeria Developer Guide - describes how to use Java classes called connectors to extend Egeria to exchange metadata with new types of technology and add new capabilities. It also covers the APIs and Event Topics used by applications to save and retrieve metadata from Egeria.

  • Egeria Diagnostic Guide - describes the different types of diagnostics produced by Egeria and how to use them.

  • Open Metadata Conformance Test Suite Guide - describes how to run the Open Metadata Conformance Test Suite to validate that a technology is compliant with the open metadata specifications.

The Lists

If you would like to browse to see what is available then these pages may be of interest.

Your Questions

The following articles may answer additional questions that you have.

ODPi Egeria project governance

This project is maintained by the Egeria community. To understand how to join and contribute see the Community Guide.

We aim to operate in a transparent, accessible way for the benefit of the Egeria community. All participation in this project is therefore open and not bound to any corporate affiliation nor membership of the Linux Foundation or LF AI & Data Foundation. Participants are only required to follow Egeria’s Code of Conduct.

The governance of the project is described in more detail in the Egeria Operations.

License: CC BY 4.0, Copyright Contributors to the Egeria project.