Introduction

This page describes how to work with Corporate Memory and shortly outlines all functionalities of the user interface.For the installation and configuration of Corporate Memory refer to the ☆ Deploy and Configure section.

Functions described in this manual for adding, editing or deleting data depend on the write permissions that are assigned to you. In case you have only read permission these functions are not available for you.

About

eccenca Corporate Memory is a semantic data management software that accelerates analytics and reporting projects by transforming the way enterprises understand, align, prepare and access their data.

Main features

The main features of Corporate Memory include:

  • Flexible metadata and schema layer based on knowledge graphs
  • Data virtualization and analytics
  • Data integration and indexing
  • Dataset and vocabulary management
  • Thesaurus and taxonomy management
  • Big data scalability
  • Access control

Minimal requirements

For the best user experience, we recommend to use the newest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. Corporate Memory is tested with the following browsers:

  • Google Chrome 83 or later
  • Mozilla Firefox 68 or later
  • Microsoft Edge 83 (on Windows) or later

Login and Logout

To start eccenca Corporate Memory:

  1. Enter the URL in your web browser.
  2. Select your workspace and click CONTINUE WITH LOGIN.
  3. Enter your credentials and click LOG IN.

After you logged in to your Corporate Memory instance, the main application view appears.

To log out, open the menu  in the Module bar and click Logout.

Workspaces

A workspace is an endpoint of an eccenca DataPlatform identified by a workspace name and the DataPlatform URL. The specific configuration of the application defines which options are available here, i. e. whether you can select one of several workspaces, access only a default workspace or are allowed to create own workspaces. These options are configured by the system administrator.

For more information on workspace configuration refer to the system manual of eccenca DataManager.

Selecting a workspace

To select an existing workspace open the drop-down list and click the workspace you want to open. The name and the DataPlatform URL of the selected workspace are shown under Workspace Configuration. Click CONTINUE WITH LOGIN and enter your credentials to log in.

Adding a new workspace

Whether this option is available depends on the configuration of Corporate Memory that is defined by the system administrator.

To add a new workspace, open the drop-down list on the Workspaces window and click Add New Workspace.

Add a new workspace

Under Workspace Configuration enter a Workspace Name and the DataPlatform URL.

Click SHOW OPTIONS to display extended configuration options.

Refer to the system manual of eccenca DataManager to get more information on all options that can be configured here.

Click on CONTINUE WITH LOGIN to save your entries.

Deleting a workspace

This option is only available for workspaces created by the user itself.

To delete a workspace, select the workspace from the drop-down list on the Workspace screen and click DELETE.

The workspace is removed from the drop-down list.

When you delete a workspace, the graph data is not deleted.

This section describes the main elements of the graphical user interface of eccenca Corporate Memory.

User interface and modules

The user interface of Corporate Memory usually consists of two sections:

  1. The module bar providing access to the various modules of Corporate Memory and to a menu with further options
  2. The main section for operating the software functions

Module bar (1) and main section (2)

Each module provides a set of functionalities and views for specific use cases. To access a module, click the module name. The active module is highlighted.

By default, Corporate Memory provides the following modules:

  • DATASETS - for dataset management
  • VOCABS - for vocabulary management
  • THESAURUS - for managing thesauri and taxonomies based on SKOS
  • BUILD - for creating and integrating Knowledge Graphs
  • EXPLORE - a generic and extensible RDF data browser and editor
  • QUERY - a SPARQL query interface

Depending on your specific product package, more or fewer modules can be available.

Use the provided search field(s) in each module to search for specific keywords or strings in names and labels of resources.
The EXPLORE module provides more search fields (e. g. in the Graph box, Navigation box, etc.) where you can limit your search to specific graphs or resources.

User interface with expanded settings menu (3) and context help (4)

Settings menu for table views

Each table view of Corporate Memory provides a setting menu (3) to adjust the table according to your requirements. You can change the sorting of columns, show or hide specific columns or set filters. To open the settings menu click .

Context help

Corporate Memory provides a context help (4) for the main functions of modules. To open the context help click  in the upper right corner. To close the context help, click .

Used Icons

This section provides an overview of icons and their functionality in Corporate Memory.

Icons of main interaction

IconDescription

Add a new element.

Edit an element.

Remove data or an element. Note that there is no ‘Trash’ or ‘Recycle Bin’.

Open the context specific user help.

Icons for navigation

IconDescription

Navigate back.

Navigate one page backwards.

Navigate one page forward.

Go to the first page.

Go to the last page.

Icons for table views

IconDescription

Adjust settings for a table view.

Change filter of table columns.

Indicates no specific ordering.

Order this column ascending.

Order this column descending.

Editor specific icons

IconDescription

Object mappings.

Value mappings.

Explore the neighbourhood of a dataset (Discovery tab of Datasets module).