Article: Why consider an open source data catalog

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Why consider an open source data catalog

Enterprise data catalogs offer organizations plenty of benefits with metadata management and data organization. Find out why some enterprises choose open source data catalogs.

A majority of companies struggle with wrangling and organizing their data. More than 60% of respondents surveyed in O’Reilly’s State of Data Quality 2020 said they suffered from too many data sources and inconsistent data, making that the most common data quality issue cited. The second was disorganization in data stores and a lack of metadata, which nearly half of respondents cited.

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Article: The Rise of Open Source: Pandemic, Economy, Efficiency, Trust

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The Rise of Open Source: Pandemic, Economy, Efficiency, Trust

Those familiar with open source know that it works and comes with many benefits. A testament to the rising adoption of open source is the recent moves by software giants such as Microsoft, IBM, and Oracle into the open-source community.

This corporate migration to open source is continuing as many organizations, both large and small, turn to open source in tough economic times. Amid the continuing adjustments in staffing and operations the pandemic is causing, open source is helping enterprises and industries reduce costs and improve their ability to innovate.

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Article: Open Source Advocates Want Share of Wealth

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Open Source Advocates Want Share of Wealth

survey of 4,440 developers who actively participated in open source projects in 2020 finds more than half (54%) of respondents said they feel that individuals should be paid for their contributions to open source projects. The report, conducted by DigitalOcean, a cloud service provider, finds only 14% of respondents are currently paid for their contributions.

Developer opinions vary, depending on age group, about whether individuals should be paid for their contributions to open source, with those between the ages of 18-25 being more likely to be in favor (60%), while only 34% of those aged 55 or above agreed.

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Article: New York City Open Data: A Brief History

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New York City Open Data: A Brief History

When New York City leaders passed comprehensive open data legislation in 2012, they set a high bar for open information and government transparency. Not only would the city open its data: it would open it all. Yesterday, the Open Data Law turned five years old.

New York City’s open data team is celebrating with a suite of new announcements, including a new website, a new data literacy pilot, and the city’s inaugural Open Data Week.

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Article: The rise of peer-to-peer lending

Money, Open Governance, Open Source

The rise of peer-to-peer lending

Peer-to-peer lending is a relatively new concept in Ireland but in just a few years it’s expanding to provide finance to thousands of Irish SMEs worth millions in the process.

While it might not be a direct threat to banks (yet), the fact that, internationally, Goldman Sachs are due to launch their own peer-to-peer lending operation points to how seriously traditional banking operations now consider the model.

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Article: Silicon Valley talks a good game on ‘basic income’, but its words are empty

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Silicon Valley talks a good game on ‘basic income’, but its words are empty

Silicon Valley rarely talks politics – except, perhaps, to discuss the quickest ways of disrupting it. On the rare occasions that its leaders do speak out, it is usually to disparage the homeless, celebrate colonialism or complain about the hapless city regulators who are out to strangle the fragile artisans who gave us Uber and Airbnb.

Thus it is puzzling that America’s tech elites have become the world’s loudest proponents of basic income – an old but radical idea that has been embraced, for very different reasons and in very different forms, by both left and right. From Marc Andreessen to Tim O’Reilly, Silicon Valley’s royalty seems intrigued by the prospect of handing out cash to ordinary citizens, regardless of whether they work or not.

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Article: The drive to open data provides opportunities for tech community

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The drive to open data provides opportunities for tech community

The open source movement can trace its beginnings to a famous strategy session held in Palo Alto, CA in February 1998, where the term “open source” was coined.

That meeting led to the Open Source Definition, to advocacy for the use of open source software, and, fairly quickly, to worldwide recognition of open source principles.

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Article: A brief history of Open Data

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A brief history of Open Data

Data is currently in the spotlight, be it open data or big data. It is important to consider these two types separately, even if they share a common object: data. Big data focuses primarily on the possibilities offered by exploiting a volume of data in exponential growth.

Whereas with open data, the creation of value depends on the ability to share data, to make it available to third parties, rather than on sheer volume. Open data responds to a set of technical, economic and legal criteria: it must be freely available online, under a format that allows re-use.

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