Create and run an Amazon DataZone data source for the AWS Glue Data Catalog - Amazon DataZone

Create and run an Amazon DataZone data source for the AWS Glue Data Catalog

In Amazon DataZone, you can create an AWS Glue Data Catalog data source in order to import technical metadata of database tables from AWS Glue. To add a data source for the AWS Glue Data Catalog, the source database must already exist in AWS Glue.

When you create and run an AWS Glue data source, you add assets from the source AWS Glue database to your Amazon DataZone project's inventory. You can run your AWS Glue data sources on a set schedule or on demand to create or update your assets' technical metadata. During the data source runs, you can optionally choose to publish your assets to the Amazon DataZone catalog and thus make them discoverable by all domain users. You can also publish your project inventory assets after editing their business metadata. Domain users can search for and discover your published assets, and request subscriptions to these assets.

To add an AWS Glue data source
  1. Navigate to the Amazon DataZone data portal URL and sign in using single sign-on (SSO) or your AWS credentials. If you’re an Amazon DataZone administrator, you can navigate to the Amazon DataZone console at and sign in with the AWS account where the domain was created, then choose Open data portal.

  2. Choose Select project from the top navigation pane and select the project to which you want to add the data source.

  3. Navigate to the Data tab for the project.

  4. Choose Data sources from the left navigation pane, then choose Create data source.

  5. Configure the following fields:

    • Name – The data source name.

    • Description – The data source description.

  6. Under Data source type, choose AWS Glue.

  7. Under Select an environment, specify an environment in which to publish the AWS Glue tables.

  8. Under Data selection, provide an AWS Glue database and enter your table selection criteria. For example, if you choose Include and enter *corporate, the database will include all source tables that end with the word corporate.

    You can either choose an AWS Glue database form the dropdown or type a database name. The dropdown includes two databases: the publishing database and the subscription database of the environment. If you want to bring assets form a database that is not created by the environment, then you must type the name of the database instead of selecting it from the dropdown.

    You can add multiple include and exclude rules for tables within a single database. You can also add multiple databases using the Add another database button.

  9. Under Data quality, you can choose to Enable data quality for this data source. If you do this, Amazon DataZone imports your existing AWS Glue data quality output into your Amazon DataZone catalog. By default, Amazon DataZone imports the latest existing 100 quality reports with no expiration date from AWS Glue.

    Data quality metrics in Amazon DataZone help you understand the completeness and accuracy of your data sources. Amazon DataZone pulls these data quality metrics from AWS Glue in order to provide context during a point in time, for example, during a business data catalog search. Data users can see how data quality metrics change over time for their subscribed assets. Data producers can ingest AWS Glue data quality scores on a schedule. The Amazon DataZone business data catalog can also display data quality metrics from third-party systems through data quality APIs. For more information, see Data quality in Amazon DataZone

  10. Choose Next.

  11. For Publishing settings, choose whether assets are immediately discoverable in the business data catalog. If you only add them to the inventory, you can choose subscription terms later and publish them to the business data catalog. For more information, see Manage existing Amazon DataZone data sources.

  12. For Automated business name generation, choose whether to automatically generate metadata for assets as they're imported from the source.

  13. (Optional) For Metadata forms, add forms to define the metadata that is collected and saved when the assets are imported into Amazon DataZone. For more information, see Create, edit, or delete metadata forms.

  14. For Run preference, choose when to run the data source.

    • Run on a schedule – Specify the dates and time to run the data source.

    • Run on demand – You can manually initiate data source runs.

  15. Choose Next.

  16. Review your data source configuration and choose Create.


When an AWS Glue data source is created, Amazon DataZone creates the Lake Formation 'read only' permissions for the IAM role of the environment that is used to create the data source to access all the tables in the AWS Glue databases used in the data source. You can monitor the status of these grants under data sources on your environment's details page. Amazon DataZone adds the following AWS tags to the AWS Glue database when granting access to the publishing environment’s IAM role: DataZoneDiscoverable_${domainId}: true

For the environments created prior to the current release of Amazon DataZone, project members will not be able to see granted tables in Amazon Athena.