If you walked by our booth at Strata + Hadoop 2016 this year, you may have laid witness to a larger-than-life character, the almighty data keeper. He was hard to miss as he stood seven-feet tall wearing floor length robes.

For those who weren’t in attendance, the natural thing to ask is who is this data keeper, and what does he do? Let me explain, and watch our short video for a further look into the Journey to Open Data Science. 

If you walked by our booth at Strata + Hadoop 2016 this year, you may have laid witness to a larger-than-life character, the almighty data keeper. He was hard to miss as he stood seven-feet tall wearing floor length robes.

 

For those who weren’t in attendance, the natural thing to ask is: who is this data keeper, and what does he do? Let me explain. 

Before the creation of open source and the Anaconda platform, data was once locked away and hidden from the world—protected by the data keepers. These data keepers were responsible for maintaining data and providing access only to those who could comprehend the complicated languages such as base SAS®. 

For years, this exclusivity kept data from penetrating the outside world and allowing it to be used for good. However, as technology advanced, data began to become more accessible, taking power away from the data keepers, and giving it instead to the empowered data scientists and eventually to citizen data scientists. This technology movement is referred to as the “Open Data Science revolution”—resulting in the creation of an open source world that allows everyone and anyone to participate and interact with data. 

As the Open Data Science community began to grow, members joined together to solve complex problems by utilizing different tools and languages. This collaboration is what enabled the creation of the Anaconda platform. Anaconda is currently being used by millions of innovators from all over the world in diverse industries (from science to business to healthcare) to come up with solutions to make the world a better place. 

Thanks to open source, data keepers are no longer holding data under lock and key—data is now completely accessible, enabling those in open source communities the opportunity to utilize data for good. 

To learn more, watch our short film below. 

 


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