Glossary insights on your data in Azure Purview

This how-to guide describes how to access, view, and filter Purview Glossary insight reports for your data.


Azure Purview Insights are currently in PREVIEW. The Supplemental Terms of Use for Microsoft Azure Previews include additional legal terms that apply to Azure features that are in beta, preview, or otherwise not yet released into general availability.

In this how-to guide, you'll learn how to:

  • Go to Insights from your Purview account
  • Get a bird's eye view of your data


Before getting started with Purview insights, make sure that you've completed the following steps:

  • Set up your Azure resources and populate the account with data

  • Set up and complete a scan on the source type

  • Set up a glossary and attach assets to glossary terms

For more information, see Manage data sources in Azure Purview.

Use Purview Glossary Insights

In Azure Purview, you can create glossary terms and attach them to assets. Later, you can view the glossary distribution in Glossary Insights. This tells you the state of your glossary by terms attached to assets. It also tells you terms by status and distribution of roles by number of users.

To view Glossary Insights:

  1. Go to the Azure Purview instance screen in the Azure portal and select your Purview account.

  2. On the Overview page, in the Get Started section, select Open Purview Studio account tile.

    Launch Purview from the Azure portal

  3. On the Purview Home page, select Insights on the left menu.

    View your insights in the Azure portal

  4. In the Insights area, select Glossary to display the Purview Glossary insights report.

Glossary Insights provides you as a business user, valuable information to maintain a well-defined glossary for your organization.

  1. The report starts with High-level KPIs that shows Total terms in your Purview account, Approved terms without assets and Expired terms with assets. Each of these values will help you identify the health of your Glossary.

    View glossary insights KPI

  2. Snapshot of terms section (displayed above) shows you term status as Draft, Approved, Alert, and Expired for terms with assets and terms without assets.

  3. Select View more to see the term names with various status and more details about Stewards and Experts.

    Snapshot of terms with and without assets

  4. When you select "View more" for Approved terms with assets, Insights allow you to navigate to the Glossary term detail page, from where you can further navigate to the list of assets with the attached terms.

    Insights to glossary

  5. In Glossary insights page, view a distribution of Incomplete terms by type of information missing. The graph shows count of terms with Missing definition, Missing expert, Missing steward and Missing multiple fields.

  6. Select View more from Incomplete terms, to view the terms that have missing information. You can navigate to Glossary term detail page to input the missing information and ensure the glossary term is complete.

Next steps

Learn more about how to create a glossary term through Glossary