Watson Discovery: On Plans, Projects, Collections, and Collection Types

Discovery Guide Series

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5 min readDec 16, 2021

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In this chapter, we will talk about collections, how Discovery uses projects to organize collections, and cover some of the differences between the available plans.

Definitions

To set the stage, here are some definitions:

  • Service — Watson Discovery is a service running either on the IBM Cloud (Public Cloud) or on IBM Cloud Pak for Data (CP4D) installed at an organization’s site or on any cloud. A provisioned instance of Discovery is also called a Service Instance.
  • Plan — A plan is required to provision a Service Instance of Discovery on the IBM Cloud. A Plan is an online subscription. The Plan level determines the features you will have available for your Discovery instance. You can get up-to-date information on plans HERE.
  • Project — A project is used to organize collections.
  • Collection — A collection is a set of documents that can be searched, along with metadata and configuration information.

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bakagaijin
Technology Hits

Master Inventor and AI Architect. Grew up in Japan, World Traveler. Former Navy Linguist. Interests include Music, Writing, Tech, Travel, and a Better World.