SAN FRANCISCO, CA –Febuary 28, 2020
ODPi, a nonprofit The Linux Foundation project, accelerating the open ecosystem of big data solutions, today announced that OpenDS4All is now an ODPi Live Project. OpenDS4All is an open source project built to accelerate the creation of data science curricula at academic institutions. This project was initiated and funded by IBM, built by the University of Pennsylvania, and brought to life under the governance of the Linux Foundation.
OpenDS4All is a curriculum kit comprised of a set of open source building blocks for schools to supplement, strengthen or start-up their data science programs. These building blocks are based on Python, open source tools and frameworks and include slides, documentation, code, and data sets that could be adopted or updated by anyone. By making a “starter set” of training materials available on how to build a Data Science program, IBM, cross-industry partners, and educators working together can help accelerate the availability of skills-building programs around the world.
OpenDS4All is one of the open source projects under the ODPi umbrella. ODPi aims to be a standard for simplifying, sharing, and developing an open big data ecosystem.
“Naturally, there was a desire for the project to have open source credibility and reach from the get-go. IBM is a member of The Linux Foundation, ODPi and recently announced participation in The Linux Foundation AI.” John Mertic, Director of Program Management at The Linux Foundation, sees the potential. “This project that IBM proposed and funded, is revolutionary for developing educational materials. It is a great fit for what The Linux Foundation stands for, shared technology. Shared education is an emerging and important frontier for open source.”
“Data science is rapidly evolving as a new academic discipline. It ties together ideas from many different sub-areas, and it spans from foundations to applications. We in the Computer and Information Science Department at Penn are delighted to work with others in open-source, to try to develop common materials, tools, and resources that will improve our abilities to teach this exciting new field!” said Zachary Ives, Department Chair, Computer and Information Science Department, University of Pennsylvania.
Several academic institutions have voiced their intention of using this set of starter materials to either start their Data Science programs or embed data science education into other programs such as computer sciences, marketing, etc. OpenDS4All welcomes institutions with existing data science programs to contribute to the project as well.
Andre De Waal from IBM, and Technical Steering Committee Chair for OpenDS4All will present the project at the UIDP30 in College Station, TX on March 26, 2020.
For more about OpenDS4All, please visit https://github.com/odpi/OpenDS4All.
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