Feature Note

Data Lineage: Get the whole data story with Zeenea

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Data assets are bound to change over time – new data is collected, old data deleted, and existing data updated or modified. This makes it difficult for data leaders to know how to use their data or ensure accurate reporting for their compliance use cases.

For this reason, Zeenea developed a visual and easy-to-interpret data lineage graph so all data and business users can understand and interpret their enterprise information – from its collection to its use, storage, and preservation over time.

In this feature note, discover how Zeenea’s Data Lineage provides a context-rich data ecosystem for your organization!

Automatic lineage mapping


Zeenea’s built-in scanners and APIs enable organizations to automatically collect, consolidate, and link metadata from their data ecosystem. Our catalog therefore automatically builds your lineage graphs from your data sources for your physical Items (datasets, data visualizations, and data processes) in both Zeenea Studio & Explorer.

Lineage can also be mapped for your Custom Items:


  • Select the Custom Item Types that can be used as Inputs or Outputs of your Data Processes in your metamodel templates.
  • Materialize Datasets or your other assets that can’t be harvested from connectors (i.e. Excel files, external sources, etc.).
  • Display logical data flows that do not implicate physical assets.
New Enhanced Data Lineage Zeenea Explorer

Powerful traceability capabilities


Whether you are subject to the GDPR, BCBS 239, ISO IDMP, or another regulation, Zeenea provides powerful traceability capabilities for your compliance reports. Our documentation templates enable you to match your regulatory context to always ensure your data is trustworthy and up-to-date.

In the graph, each transformation step is directly shown on the Item’s table, from oldest to newest.

Zeenea Explorer Connection Highlight In Lineage (2)
To facilitate the readability of your assets, we’ve made it so that when you’ve clicked on one of the tables, the only see the direct lineage of that Item.

Indeed, for companies with hundreds, even thousands, of cataloged Items, we made it so that you can only see the first level of the lineage to avoid the feeling of being overwhelmed while visualizing the graph.

Explorer Lineage Traceability
If you wish to see more of your lineage graph, you can always expand the graph, and close it to view less.
Expand Lineage Explorer

A context-rich lineage graph


To get more context on one of the Items in the graph, you can click on one of the tables and an overview panel will appear on the right-hand side. View the description, highlighted properties, glossary terms, and other metadata such as fields, properties, and associated contacts of the selected Item to verify how accurate, complete, and trustworthy it is.

You may also access the selected Item’s detailed page via the panel to go browse through its information in more detail.

Exploration Zeenea Explorer Lineage
You can click on the “Expand the view” toggle to view the fields that make up each asset of your graph. This view also enables you to see which Fields are primary or natural keys.
Fields View Lineage Explorer

Information at Field-level


Via our Catalog API, add the input and output Fields of your data processes to complete your Data Lineage. Then, directly view your Field level transformations in the graph in both Zeenea Explorer and Zeenea Studio.

In the Lineage graph of your Datasets or Data Processes, simply click on the Fields dropdown button to unveil the transformation processes applied to each Field.The transformation process of your Fields is highlighted, and the other components are shaded. You can always expand your Field-level lineage by clicking on the “+” in the graph.

Field Level Lineage Zeenea Studio 2
For a more detailed perspective, head to the new “Operations” tab on your Data Process detail pages in Zeenea Studio. Here, you can view all field transformations along with their descriptions in list format.
Operations Zeenea Studio

Zoom in and out of the graph, zoom to fit, reset to the default view, and use the panorama view to easily navigate in the graph. You can also export your graph in PNG format to share it with your data team members!

Try our Data Lineage for yourself


Try Zeenea’s Data Lineage graph and all of our other next-gen features by signing up for the Live Product Tour!

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