Data sources

The data source on the BizDataX Portal is a set of metadata distributed by an individual environment. Multiple data sources can be created, and each can have multiple environments. These can be imported from different databases using BizDataX database analyzers.

Metadata (names of schemas, tables, and columns; data types) is used during sensitive data discovery, in creating a data model, and in defining masking algorithms, so this is a crucial part of the data anonymization process.

Data sources overview list
Create Data source
Edit Data source
Delete Data source
View Data source details and Environments

Data sources overview list

All data sources currently contained in the project can be viewed on the data sources list, the landing page of the data sources functionality. It contains a table detailing every data source of the project. Only basic information are shown so you can identify a data source at a glance.

Data source overview list Figure 1: Data sources overview list

Overview will be by default ordered by NAME. There is a possibility to change the order of all columns descending or ascending. When list of Data sources is displayed user can select one or more Data sources, by using checkboxes, to do next available menu options:

Create data source

To create a new data source, select the Create data source button in the upper-right corner. Create Data source screen will be open:

Create Data source Figure 2: Create data source

The first step is entering the basic information about the new Data source. The following information can be entered:

  • Name - data source name, must be unique.
  • Namespace - a namespace is automatically generated according to the name of the data source and will be used when creating the data model in BizDataX Designer (Import Portal Data process). Once created it cannot be changed.
  • Analyzer type - the type of the database analyzer.
    Each database technology is represented by a data source analyzer. Users can select one of the installed data source analyzers that match the desired database technology.
  • Analysis settings - custom settings that refine the analysis process.
    After selecting the analyzer type, the information about supported settings is displayed, which can be used to fill the analysis settings field. To se more details go to: Analysis settings
  • Note - note or a comment.

Depending on the type of database whose metadata you want to import, you will have to choose an appropriate BizDataX data source analyzer type. Make sure to use the correct data source analyzer or the import process will fail.

When Creating Data source is confirmend, View data source details screen will be open.

Edit Data source

Once Data source is created it can still be edit. Choose on table menu option 'Edit data source' and Edit Data source screen will be open. In Edit context field ‘Namespace’ is not editable. All other fields are editable.

Edit Data source Figure 3: Edit data source

Edit Data source screen can be also open from View data source details screen by choosing Edit data source button.

Delete data source

Once the Delete Data source button is pressed, the Delete Data source confirmation dialog pops up asking the user to confirm if he really wants to delete the Data source. After confirming with the Confirm button, the Data source is permanently deleted.

Delete data source Figure 4: Delete data source confirmation message

Deleting the Data source will permanently delete all related data – Environments, Rules and Findings.

View data source details and Environments

For every created data source, which is displayed in Data Sources Overview List, Data source details and all its created Environments can be viewed in View Data source details.

View data source details Figure 5: View data source details

Next step is Creating Environment.