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Status Future consideration
Created by Guest
Created on May 18, 2022

Add REST API to show "instances" of data quality rules - now only the rule definitions are available

Currently it appears that the REST endpoints documented at:
https://www.ibm.com/docs/en/iis/11.7?topic=api-using-http-requests

Allow for retrieving data quality rule definitions, but not the bindings (I'll call them instances) of those definitions to actual tables and columns. It makes no sense to me why the existing endpoint to list the definitions would be useful without a related endpoint to show the bindings. There are several reasons I see the additional endpoint as needed.

The first is that there does not appear to be any functioning method of backing up and restoring what data rule bindings have been created. Having an endpoint that could retrieve (and better yet create them) would allow the user to create a backup/restore functionality that was left out of the product.


Also the existing web GUI to manage data quality rules is very difficult to use, it only provides a small window to display the data quality rules for a given asset and you have to expand the "Rule name" section to even see what the rule is, and when you do that the screen gets almost taken up by that one entry and you lose your place in the list.

So in addition to the backup/restore need above, if the REST API provided an endpoint for retrieving the bindings for a quality rule definition it would allow the user to produce a formatted dump of the rule bindings to work around the shortcomings of the IBM supplied GUI.

As someone who has entered a large number of data quality rules and bindings I can tell you this is a significant pain point.

Needed By Yesterday (Let's go already!)