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Tamr Opens a Free Public Beta Program

Tamr has opened a public Beta program for an enterprise metadata catalog tool that makes it easy for people to find, use and collaborate in organizing high-quality data sets for analytics. Tamr Catalog, part of the larger Tamr Data Unification Platform, is now being offered as a free standalone tool to encourage broad adoption of vendor- and platform-neutral metadata cataloging ─ the first step in effective analytics and in bringing organizations out of the “Dark Data” era.Beginning today, the Tamr Catalog Beta is available as a lightweight app for download at: http://www.tamr.com/tamr-catalog.

Over the last several months, more than 300 early Beta testers have worked with Tamr to enrich and refine Tamr Catalog. The public Beta version is lightweight, social and extensible. Anyone ─ from Chief Data Officers (CDOs) to data architects to business analysts ─ can download the app and start collaborating and registering data sets.

Tamr Catalog gives organizations a better way to discover, organize and communicate their data assets, much of which are considered “dark data,” or data that’s been processed and stored but is not often used. Traditional top-down methods of cataloging data are fragmented, arduous and not scalable to organizations’ data variety or analytic demands.

Tamr’s enterprise metadata catalog tool:

● Creates a logical map that shows what data exists, where it lives, what entities it represents, what shape it’s in, and who and what is using it.

● Documents all of your data sources, not just sources from particular vendors, as well as the people associated with those sources ─ enabling organizations to share centralized repositories of metadata and the institutional knowledge that clusters around it.

● Enables people to collaborate to register, search, filter, tag, comment on, and otherwise describe their data ─ creating richer, more ready-to-use data through “expert-sourcing.”

● Provides a visual representation to uncover data silos ─ to determine which data to curate, unify and prepare for any analysis.

Anyone with a relationship to the data can benefit from Tamr’s
enterprise metadata catalog tool:

● CDOs and data architects can see and understand the organization’s data assets ─ from the number of data sources to the content of an individual data source ─ so they can more easily manage ontologies (relationships) and logical models (entity types).

● Business analysts can enrich their analyses with additional, easily discoverable sources of relevant data, because they know the location and quality of all data sources and who owns them ─ not just the sources known or closest to them.

● Data stewards can determine the state of data sources ─ for example, utilization rates and duplication levels ─ and converse easily about the data with business people to continually improve the value of enterprise data.

Tamr will be demonstrating its free, standalone catalog offering at Strata + Hadoop World in New York September 29 through October 1 at Booth #131.

Find out more information on Tamr here.

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Bob Gourley writes on enterprise IT. He is a founder of Crucial Point and publisher of CTOvision.com