Joins the Linux Foundation to Advance Best Practices and Offers Open Courseware Across Data Ecosystem


The Linux Foundation has announced,  a vendor-neutral community working on the first-ever template for modern data teamwork, has joined as an official Linux Foundation project. was pioneered by as a “Manifesto for Data Practices” of four values and 12 principles that illustrate the most effective, ethical, and modern approach to data teamwork. As a member of the foundation, will expand to offer open courseware and establish a collaborative approach to defining and refining data best practices. 

We talked with Patrick McGarry, head of, to learn more about

LF: Can you briefly describe and tell us about its history?
 The Data Practices movement originated back in 2017 at The Open Data Science Leadership Summit in San Francisco. This event gathered together leaders in data science, semantics, open source, visualization, and industry to discuss the current state of the data community. We discovered that there were many similarities between the then current challenges around data, and the previous difficulties felt in software development that Agile addressed.

The goal of the Data Practices movement was to start a similar “Agile for Data” movement that could help offer direction and improved data literacy across the ecosystem. While the first step was the “Manifesto for Data Practices” the intent was always to move past that and apply the values and principles to a series of free and open courseware that could benefit anyone who was interested.

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