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Glossary is a small dictionary of special terms used in MetaMiner Tableau Edition (MMTE) and its documentation. It is sorted alphabetically.


In MMTE and its documentation, any action (passive or active) with a BI asset (workbook, site, data source, schedule, sheet, so on) in your corporate landscape (update, publish, create, delete, so on).

See also Update.


In MetaMiner and its documentation, a customizable notification you can set up in MMTE when some kind of change happens in your business data (for example, a new user is registered).


In MMTE and its documentation, assets are all various BI objects — sites, data sources, workbooks, sheets, views, users, so on.

See Workbook, Sheet, View, Worksheet, Business Objects

Business Intelligence

Business intelligence (BI) is a term in business analysis that means a set of techniques, technologies, solutions, and software tools that provide corporate management with ad hoc reporting, data visualization, predictive analysis, and more.


In a Business Intelligence assets tree, a node that contains subnodes (other containers, sites or projects).


In Tableau, a subtype of Tableau sheet which is a collection of views from multiple worksheets.

See Sheet, View, Worksheet

Data Connection

In MMTE and Tableau, a communication link between a data source and a database or a file. A data source may contain multiple data connections.

See Data Connections | Tableau Training For Beginners (video), Modify Connections, Data Source, Business Objects

Data Source

In MMTE and Tableau, a link between your source data and Tableau. Tableau Server can connect to multiple data sources, even in a single workbook, simultaneously.

See Plan the Data Source (Tableau site), Data Connection, Business Objects


It is a part of a corporate BI landscape. Particularly in MMTE, it corresponds BI data located under a single Tableau cluster. One Tableau environment may include multiple hosts as a part of cluster. A single environment comprises one or more sites.

See Site


In MetaMiner Client in most of its application tabs you can use filters to limit your huge business data to what you really need in any particular case. Filters are united in filter groups in the Filter Pane.


In MMTE and Tableau, a series of cleaning and transforming steps that users perform on the data and are where you do all of your cleaning, filtering, calculations, and aggregates.

See Data Preparation Made Easy With Tableau Prep by Ian Hagerman

Impact analysis

[Business] Impact analysis (BIA/IA) or change impact analysis is about identifying the potential consequences of a change in your data, or about estimating what needs to be modified to accomplish a change. Business impact analysis (BIA) focuses on your business, financial data. This is the main goal of MetaMiner. With our product you are able to examine the effect of any financial events and/or figures on your environment.


Landscape in MetaMiner includes multiple Tableau Software nodes with potentially different versions, databases, data, and so on, connected to MetaMiner.

MetaMiner Database

MetaMiner Database (MMDB) is a database created especially for MetaMiner Tableau Edition for storing business technical metadata extracted from Tableau nodes for quick access and handling.


A single item in a MetaMiner Business Intelligence assets tree. It can be a container (site) or a "leaf" (view, workbook, so on).


In MMTE and Tableau, the equivalent of a folder, used to store, organise and manage content. You can create projects to hold and organize related content, or to delegate content management.

See Tableau Server: Sites vs Projects by Jess Hancock


An object in Tableau Software for regular execution of tasks such as extract refreshes.

Security Principal

In Tableau Software and MetaMiner, security principal is a user account or a user group that has certain security permissions set for a particular BI asset (object). For example, a user John has a publish right to a site Sales, therefore he is a security principal for this site.


In Tableau, a single "leaf" of a workbook. It can be one of 3 subtypes: worksheet, story, or dashboard. Worksheets are created inside of workbooks. When a sheet is published, it is available as a view then.

See Workbook, Worksheet, Business Objects


In Tableau Software and MetaMiner, a place for your team to publish data sources and workbooks to share with each other. A single environment may contain multiple sites.

See Environment, What Can I Do with a Tableau Site?, Business Objects


In Tableau, a subtype of sheet that contains a sequence of worksheets or dashboards that work together to convey information.

See Sheet

Technical Medatada

Metadata that focuses on the technical aspects of Tableau. Examples of technical metadata are: real tables, historical projects, historical events, real fields, workbooks, and so on.


Update is an active action (update, delete, publish) performed by a user over an object in your Business Intelligence landscape. Passive actions (retrieve, so on) are not updates.


In Tableau, represents a single sheet upon its publishing.

See Sheet, Business Objects


In Tableau, a workbook is a collection of sheets (like any spread sheet software offers files which consist of sheets).

See Business Objects


In Tableau, a subtype of sheet that contains a single view along with shelves, cards, legends, and the Data and Analytics panes in its side bar.

See Sheet

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