Egeria’s Connector Catalog
Egeria has a growing collection of connectors to third party technologies. These connectors help to accelerate the rollout of your open metadata ecosystem.
Connectors supported by the Egeria OMAG Servers
Many subsystems in Egeria’s OMAG Server Platform and Servers use connectors to plug in additional function through connector. These subsystems define a specialized interface for the type of connector they support.
One or more connector implementations supporting that interface are then written either by the Egeria community or other organizations.
At start up, the OMAG server passes the connector configuration to the OCF to instantiate the required connector instance. Connectors enable Egeria to operate in many environments and with many types of third party technologies, just by managing the configuration of the OMAG servers.
The connectors listed below are available for use …
The integration connectors support the exchange of metadata with third party technologies. This exchange may be inbound, outbound, synchronous, polling or event-driven. Details of how integration connector work is described in this article.
The files integration connectors run in the Files Integrator Open Metadata Integration Service (OMIS) hosted in the Integration Daemon.
The Data Files Monitor Integration Connector maintains a DataFile asset for each file in the directory (or any subdirectory). When a new file is created, a new DataFile asset is created. If a file is modified, the lastModified property of the corresponding DataFile asset is updated. When a file is deleted, its corresponding DataFile asset is also deleted (or archived if it is still needed for lineage).
The DataFolderMonitorIntegrationConnector maintains a DataFolder asset for the directory. The files and directories underneath it are assumed to be elements/records in the DataFolder asset and so each time there is a change to the files and directories under the monitored directory, it results in an update to the lastModified property of the corresponding DataFolder asset.
The database integration connectors run in the Database Integrator Open Metadata Integration Service (OMIS) hosted in the Integration Daemon.
- The PostgreSQL database integration connector automatically maintains the open metadata instances for the databases hosted on a PostgreSQL server. This includes the database schemas, tables, columns, primary keys and foreign keys.
Security Enforcement Engines
The security integration connectors run in the Security Integrator Open Metadata Integration Service (OMIS) hosted in the Integration Daemon.
- The Apache Ranger Integration Connector pushes assets and schemas marked up with tags and labels from the SecurityTag classification to Apache Ranger to use in security enforcement policies.
Open Discovery Services
Open Discovery Services are connectors that analyze the content of resources in the digital landscape and create annotations that are attached to the resource’s Asset metadata element in the open metadata repositories.
The interfaces used by a discovery service are defined in the Open Discovery Framework (ODF) along with a guide on how to write a discovery service.
CSV Discovery Service extracts the column names from the first line of the file, counts up the number of records in the file and extracts its last modified time.
Governance Action Services
Governance Action Services are connectors that perform monitoring of metadata changes, validation of metadata, triage of issues, assessment and/or remediation activities on request. They run in the Governance Action Open Metadata Engine Service (OMES) hosted by the Engine Host OMAG Server.
Generic Element Watchdog Governance Action Service listens for changing metadata elements and initiates governance action processes when certain events occur.
Generic Folder Watchdog Governance Action Service listens for changing assets linked to a DataFolder element. This may be for DataFiles directly linked to the folder or in sub-folders. It initiates governance action processes when specific events occur.
Move/Copy File Provisioning Governance Action Service moves or copied files from one location to another and maintains the lineage of the action.
Origin Seeker Remediation Governance Action Service walks backwards through the lineage mappings to
Event Bus Connectors
The event bus connectors are used by Egeria to connect to an event bus to support event exchange in topics.
- The Kafka Open Metadata Topic Connector implements an Apache Kafka connector for a topic that exchanges Java Objects as JSON payloads.
Repository and Event Mapper Connectors
The repository connectors provide the ability to integrate a third party metadata repository into an open metadata repository cohort.
The In-memory OMRS Repository Connector provides a simple native repository implementation that “stores” metadata in hash maps within the JVM. It is used for testing, or for environments where metadata maintained in other repositories needs to be cached locally for performance/scalability reasons.
The Read-only OMRS Repository Connector provides a native repository implementation that does not support the interfaces for create, update, delete. However it does support the search interfaces and is able to cache metadata. This means it can be loaded with open metadata archives to provide standard metadata definitions.
The Apache Atlas OMRS Repository Connector implements read-only connectivity to the Apache Atlas metadata repository.
The IBM Information Governance Catalog (IGC) OMRS Repository Connector implements read-only connectivity to the metadata repository within the IBM InfoSphere Information Server suite.
Audit Log Connectors
The audit log store connectors support different destinations for audit log record. Multiple of these connectors can be active in an OMAG Server at any one time and they can each be configured to only process particular types of audit log records.
Console Audit Log Connector writes selected parts of each audit log record to stdout.
slf4j Audit Log Connector writes full log records to the slf4j ecosystem.
File Audit Log Connector creates log records as JSON files in a shared directory.
Event Topic Audit Log Connector sends each log record as an event on the supplied event topic.
There is more information on the use of audit logging in the Diagnostic Guide.
Cohort Registry Stores
The cohort registry store connectors are connectors that store the open metadata repository cohort membership details used and maintained by the cohort registry. The cohort protocols are peer-to-peer and hence there is a cohort registry (with a cohort registry store) for each member of a cohort.
Egeria provides a single implementation of a cohort registry store connector:
- cohort-registry-file-store-connector provides the means to store the cohort registry membership details as a JSON file.
Open Metadata Archive Stores
The open metadata archive connectors support connectors that can read and write open metadata archives.
Egeria provides a single implementation of this type of connector:
- open-metadata-archive-file-connector stores an open metadata archive as a JSON file.
Connectors for use in Applications and Tools
These connectors are for use by external applications and tools to connect with resources and services in the digital landscape along with stored metadata from Egeria.
The Avro file connector provides access to an Avro file that has been catalogued using open metadata.
The basic file connector provides support to read and write to a file using the Java File object.
The CSV file connector is able to retrieve data from a Comma Separated Values (CSV) file where the contents are stored in logical columns with a special character delimiter between the columns.
The data folder connector is for accessing data that is stored as a number of files within a folder (directory).
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