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Using Filters

Filters can be specified at various levels:

  • Domain filters, which turn off whole domains (sets of types) which are not of interest to the user at the time e.g. A senior architect might have access to domains for Business Architecture, Applications Architecture, Information Architecture and Technical Architecture. For the moment, she may just want to view Information Architecture details without the clutter of all the other types. In the list of available domains, "un"- checking those you are not interested in will instantly (and temporarily) remove them
  • Item Filters determine which of the Items of types you view will be returned for viewing and other activities. An item filter can apply to a single type, or can span all types. It can have one or more conditions. These can be combined logically and sequenced, if desired. By default, if there are multiple conditions, it is expected that they will be combined in the most restrictive manner (AND). The conditions can reflect three ways to select items:
      • Property filters, which will include items where specified attributes meet the conditions defined
        e.g. Architecture Element Status = "Current". A powerful feature here is that these need not necessarily be restricted to a type, thus the same simple filter can apply across all types with a suitable property.
      • Relationship filters, which include items where specified relationships meet the conditions defined
        e.g. we are interested in items which "belong to" the business unit "Operations".
        You can test for relationships to any item of a type, or to a specific item
      • Hierarchy filters, which work on the hierarchies of items within a type to filter based upon level, being part of a sub-tree or being related to a parent or one of its descendants.
        e.g. Return items in the Business Process hierarchy at levels 1 to 3 only
        e.g. Return items in the Business Unit hierarchy that are descended from Company A
        e.g. Return items of any type that are related to the Business Unit Operations or any of its children