The API offers methods to retrieve the list of meanings and their definition, to create a new meaning or update an existing one.

Listing meanings

The list of all user-defined meanings can be fetched with the list_meanings() method of the DSSClient.


Creating a meaning

The create_meaning() method of the DSSClient can be used to create new meanings.

# Creating a declarative meaning
client.create_meaning("meaning_1", "Test meaning", "DECLARATIVE",
        description="Test meaning description"

# Creating a value list meaning
client.create_meaning("meaning_2", "Test meaning", "VALUES_LIST",
        description="Test meaning",

# Creating a value mapping meaning
client.create_meaning("meaning_3", "Test meaning", "VALUES_MAPPING",
                {"from": "0", "to": "no"   },
                {"from": "1", "to": "yes"  },
                {"from": "2", "to": "maybe"}

# Creating a pattern meaning
client.create_meaning("meaning_4", "Test meaning", "PATTERN", pattern="[A-Z]+")

Editing a meaning

Existing meanings can be fetched by calling the get_meaning() method of the DSSClient with the meaning ID. It returns a meaning handle that can be used to get or set the meaning’s definition with get_definition() and set_definition(), as follows:

meaning = client.get_meaning("meaning_1")
definition = meaning.get_definition()
definition['label'] = "New label"
definition['description'] = "New description"

Assigning a meaning to a column

Meanings can be assigned to columns by editing the schema of their dataset and setting the ‘meaning’ field of the column to the ID of the desired meaning.

dataset = client.get_project("TEST_PROJECT").get_dataset("TEST_DATASET")
schema = dataset.get_schema()
schema['columns'][2]['meaning'] = "meaning_1"

Reference documentation

class dataikuapi.dss.meaning.DSSMeaning(client, id)

A user-defined meaning on the DSS instance


Get the meaning’s definition.

Note: this call requires an API key with admin rights


the meaning definition, as a dict. The precise structure of the dict depends on the meaning type and is not documented.


Set the meaning’s definition.

Note: this call requires an API key with admin rights


definition (dict) – the definition for the meaning, as a dict. You should only set_definition on a modified version of a dict you retrieved via get_definition()