Create hierarchical business glossary terms in Azure Purview

During Spring Ignite 2021, many new features for Azure products have been announced. And Azure Purview was included in the list of enhancements.

Today, I want to highlight one of these enhancements – the ability to create hierarchical business glossary terms in the Azure Purview data catalog.

Create a new Top-level term

Let’s log into our Purview account and in Purview Studio, please select the Glossary hub. In there, let’s create a new glossary term.

Create a new glossary term in Azure Purview

My new term is based on the System default term template.

Use the System default template for the term

In the term form, please enter the new term definition. I am going to start with a business glossary term Business Partner and will add two child entries afterwards – Supplier and Customer

Create the top level entry – no parent item is selected

The Business Partner term will be my top level term, therefore I do not select a parent entry. In my example, I keep the term definition at a minimal level. It’s only for the hierarchy stuff today! 😉

Next, Add Child entries

As a next step, please add a new term and select the newly created Business Partner term as parent.

Create a child entry and select the parent

Immediately after you selected the parent term, the formal name of the glossary term changes and it follows the syntax of ParentTermName_NewTermName.

Create the entry and repeat with a new term called Supplier (and also set the parent reference to Business Partner).

Browse your Business Glossary

The new terms are now saved in the business glossary. The List view already provides you with a first look at the hierarchical structure (see the link to the Business Partner term in the Customer term).

The list of glossary terms in the glossary catalog

If you change the view to Table view, the hierarchy is also marked there.

The Table view allows for a hierarchical view of the glossary entries

Another way to browse the term hierarchy is to open the Business Partner term and there the Related tab. The Children list contains the direct successors of this term

The detail page with the list of child items

One Level of Hierarchy is not enough

The last test to perform today was to add another level of hierarchy into our glossary term structure. I added a Preferred Supplier term to the hierarchy as a child of the Supplier term. Select the parent term (in my case its the term on level two) and that’s it..

Add another hierarchy level to the glossary hierarchy

On the detail page of the Preferred Supplier term, the hierarchy of terms is displayed and the hyperlinks can be used to directly switch to the other entries.

Hierarchies can have more than one level

To sum it up

The ability to create hierarchical glossary terms in the Purview data catalog allows a better structuring of your business glossary. The interconnection between these items is nicely integrated in the Purview Studio. In one of my next posts, I will have a look at the usage and assignment of hierarchical glossary terms in the Purview Data Map / Catalog.

Stay curious, catalog your data and enjoy life,


About wolfgang

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