ODI - Staging Area (or Work area)

1 - About

ODI Knowledge Modules often use temporary objects to:

  • stage temporary data for jobs optimization.
  • execute some rules

These temporary objects are always stored in a particular schema or directory called the Work Schema (or staging area).

These work schemas should be kept separate from the schema containing the application data (Data Schema).


  • when the source is a flat file, and as such is not associated to an engine that supports operations (as concatenation, uppercase, …)
  • all components (except the triggers) of the journalizing infrastructure (like all Data Integrator temporary objects, such as integration, error and loading tables)

3 - Objects and work tables prefix

On the target data servers, you should almost certainly create a dedicated work schema. This will store:

  • Temporary tables and views created during the loading phase if the source data is not in the same server as the target (C$ tables)
  • Temporary tables created during the integration phase when using certain Integration Knowledge Modules (I$ tables)
  • Permanent Error tables created during Data Quality Control phase when using Check Knowledge Modules (E$ tables)
  • Permanent Journal tables, views and triggers created when the target is to be used as a source with Change Data Capture enabled by using Journalizing Knowledge Modules (J$ objects)

On “read-only” source data servers the following objects may be created depending on the way you want to address these servers:

  • Views during Load phases, when using certain Loading Knowledge Modules
  • Error tables when performing a “static” Data Quality Control (e.g. when controlling the data of a particular source schema independently of any load job)
  • Journal tables, views and triggers when using Change Data Capture on the sources.

4 - Where is the Staging Area ?

The staging area (or Work area) is first define when you create a physical schema but you can change it in the interface properties

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