Why CastorDoc x Airflow integration makes sense?
Apache Airflow is a platform used to programmatically author, schedule, and monitor workflows. It manages the execution of jobs on a cluster of nodes and also maintains and manages the metadata of the jobs, such as DAGs (Directed Acyclic Graphs), tasks, and their dependencies.
CastorDoc, on the other hand, is a tool that allows users to catalog and document their data assets, which could include everything from databases, tables, and columns to business glossaries, data dictionaries, and data lineage.
Integrating CastorDoc with Airflow's metadata can have several advantages:
- Comprehensive View: By rendering Airflow's metadata in its data catalog, CastorDoc can provide a comprehensive view of the organization's data assets, including the workflows that produce or consume these assets. This can be particularly useful for data engineers and data scientists who need to understand the end-to-end data flow.
- Data Lineage: Understanding data lineage is crucial for tracking the data from its source to its destination, including all the transformations it underwent. By integrating with Airflow, CastorDoc can provide detailed data lineage that includes the workflows and tasks that processed the data.
- Documentation: Documenting the workflows and tasks in Airflow is essential for understanding and maintaining the workflows. CastorDoc can help automate this documentation process by pulling the metadata from Airflow and rendering it in its data catalog.
- Data Governance: Data governance involves managing the availability, usability, integrity, and security of the data in an enterprise. By integrating Airflow's metadata, CastorDoc can help in implementing data governance policies by providing detailed information about the workflows, their schedules, and the data they process.
- Search and Discovery: CastorDoc provides features for searching and discovering data assets. By including Airflow's metadata, users can not only search for data assets but also the workflows that produce or consume these assets.
- Collaboration: CastorDoc provides features for collaboration, such as adding comments and annotations to the data assets. By integrating with Airflow, users can collaborate on the workflows and tasks as well.
- Audit and Compliance: For audit and compliance purposes, it is necessary to have detailed information about the data processing activities. CastorDoc can help in this regard by providing detailed information about the workflows, their schedules, and the data they process.
- Impact Analysis: Understanding the impact of changes in the data or workflows is crucial for maintaining the system. CastorDoc can help in performing impact analysis by providing detailed information about the data assets and the workflows that produce or consume them.
Rendering Airflow's metadata in CastorDoc's data catalog can provide a comprehensive view of the organization's data assets, facilitate data governance, enable search and discovery, enhance collaboration, aid in audit and compliance, and help in impact analysis.
API Access: if any metadata element is not available in CastorDoc's native integration, you can ingest it with our comprehensive API.
Important: CastorDoc do not access the data itself, only metadata. This ensure that you data stays safe & secure while CastorDoc delivers as much value as possible.
“[I like] The easy to use interface and the speed of finding the relevant assets that you're looking for in your database. I also really enjoy the score given to each table, [which] lets you prioritize the results of your queries by how often certain data is used.” - Michal P., Head of Data