McKinsey Donates Open Source Tool Kedro to Linux Foundation


McKinsey and Company had recently announced to donate open source tool Kedro to the Linux Foundation. It is expected to be hosted by LF AI & Data, a specialist Linux Foundation umbrella organisation founded in 2018 to accelerate development and innovation in AI and data by supporting and connecting technical open-source projects, developer communities, and some 1000 companies.

Kedro, the first open-source software tool for data scientists and data engineers launched in 2019 is a library of code that can be used to create data and machine-learning pipelines, the building blocks of any analytics project.

Available on the open-source platform GitHub, the Kedro community and user base had now grown with more than 200,000 monthly downloads and over 100 contributors.

“It addresses the many challenges that exist in creating machine-learning products today, and it is a fantastic complement to our portfolio of hosted technical projects. We look forward to working with the community to grow the project’s footprint and to create new collaboration opportunities with our members, hosted projects, and the larger open-source community,” said Dr. Ibrahim Haddad, executive director of LF AI & Data.

Kedro is now in the hands of the data-science ecosystem. “This is the only way it can grow at this point; if it is improved by people around the world,” explains Yetunde Dada, the Kedro product lead. “Our cross-disciplinary team gets to see the increased development and validation of Kedro with this milestone. It establishes Kedro as a de-facto industry tool, joining a collection of other cutting-edge open-source projects such as Kubernetes donated by Google, GraphQL by Facebook, and MLFlow and Delta Lake by Databricks.”

The company said it has been a new experience in donating their intellectual property while its senior partners considers this as the move to express passion for developing innovative products, particularly in the field of AI.


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