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OMRS Repository Connector

Repository Connectors make use of the Egeria meta-model to represent and communicate metadata.

The OMRS Repository Connector API defines a call interface to create, search, query, update and delete metadata stored in a metadata repository. The implementation of a specific OMRS connector determines which type(s) of metadata repository it is able to access.

The OMRS has three repository connector implementations that form part of the core open metadata capability for a cohort member:

  • Enterprise Repository Connector - This connector can issue calls to multiple OMRS connectors and aggregate the results as if the metadata was stored in a single repository. This is how metadata queries are federated across open metadata repositories.

    Since all implementations of OMRS repository connectors have the same API, the Enterprise Repository Connector is able to work with a heterogeneous collection of repositories.

  • Local OMRS Repository Connector - This connector wraps a "real" repository connector (see below) and manages events and validation for this connector.

  • OMRS REST Repository Connector - This is the connector used by the Enterprise Repository Connector to make a direct call to another open metadata repository through the OMRS REST API.

These are the "real" OMRS Repository Connector implementations that provide open metadata access to specific types of metadata repositories.

  • Apache Atlas Repository Connector - This is the connector that runs in an Egeria repository proxy server, pulling in the key parts of Egeria it needs to support the open metadata standards. It calls directly to Apache Atlas's REST API interface for the metadata repository.

  • IGC OMRS Repository Connector - This is the connector for retrieving metadata from IBM's Information Governance Catalog (aka IGC). This connector translates the calls to its OMRS Connector API to IGC's REST API and then translates the results of these calls to appropriate responses on its API. This connector also runs in a repository proxy server.

  • In-memory OMRS Repository Connector - This connector provides a simple in-memory repository for testing/demos or small-scale environments where metadata is being managed remotely and cached locally. It has native support for the open metadata types an instances and so runs in a metadata server.

  • Graph OMRS Repository Connector - This connector is provides a high functioning open metadata repository implementation built on JanusGraph. It also has native support for the open metadata types an instances and so runs in a metadata access server.

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