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February 17, 2022
February 15, 2022
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Bulk Assign Owners with Stemma

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Grant Seward
Founding Engineer
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Imagine this scenario: your company has decided to integrate a data catalog to use with your data warehouse and you’re responsible for ensuring that it is a success. You create a plan that involves improving the data culture at your organization by assigning owners to your data assets. You talk to teams and individual experts alike and everyone is on board with your approach to asset ownership. 

Then, you log into your new data catalog for the first time and see a staggering 4,300 tables and views. Just then, it hits you—the state of a brand new data catalog is like the wild west. There are no rules to guarantee who will take ownership for which assets, and without some predefined structure your adoption plan is doomed.

Sound familiar? We’ve heard this story time and time again with little variance and with much heartache. Ownership is one of the fundamental tenets of a data catalog. It defines responsibility by individual users and teams adding tremendous value to the data in the catalog, including:

  • Delegation of duties: Which users are responsible for keeping this table properly documented?
  • Compliance of process and procedures: Has the correct team updated the documentation for this table before the newest pull request is merged?
  • Reporting and analytics: Which teams have the highest percentage of their assets documented? The lowest?

Ownership with Stemma

Stemma now enables users to bulk assign ownership across their catalog. When you step into Stemma for the first time you can quickly delegate ownership in a matter of moments: providing your users immediate identification of the assets that belong to them.

Do you think about ownership as a hierarchy? Do your teams typically own all of the tables within a single database or schema? Perhaps your analysts use dbt to create their own workflows and they create tables with specific naming conventions (e.g. marketing_sales, marketing_prospects). Regardless of how your company thinks about grouping assets, we can help to bulk assign owners by leveraging Stemma’s advanced search to find any of the assets you’d like to update and assigning the owners with a single command. 

Ownership within Stemma can be assigned either to individuals or teams:

  • Individuals are the people in your company who use Stemma. You can find individuals by their email address or a Slack handle.
  • Teams are represented in Stemma by Slack channels.

As seen below, when executing a bulk ownership update Stemma will automatically pull in the teams you’ve defined as well as the list of users within your organization.


Whether you’re just starting to onboard your company or you are reassessing ownership within your organization, with the Stemma bulk update capability you can rapidly ensure users and teams own the correct assets, and gain the confidence and clarity that provides. 

Check out the Stemma demo or contact us today to see how Stemma can help you manage ownership in your data catalog.

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