Why is this project called “Egeria”?

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The ideas behind Egeria came from the project founders’ extensive work in building big data solutions. At that time, these were often called data lakes or data reservoirs.

This publication The Journey Continues: From Data Lake to Data-Driven Organization described the need for open metadata.

The original plan was to extend Apache Atlas to support the open metadata protocols. However, the open metadata function proved too big to be an add-on to Atlas and we agreed with the Atlas team to start a new project for open metadata.

Then there was the question of what to call the new project. The name needed to be available for trademark and a member of the community came up with “Egeria”.

Egeria was a Roman Water Nymph and a wise counselor. (See Wikipedia for more details). The water theme seemed to fit with the data lake origin and since the Egeria technology shares knowledge between communities that use different tools, the notion of a “counselor” seemed to fit as well.

The new Egeria project needed a foundation to host the repositories and provide the open governance support to ensure that people can use and work on the project irrespective of their organizational affiliation.

The Linux’s Foundation’s ODPi foundation offered a home for Egeria and the project thrived under its guidance.

In October 2020, the ODPi and another foundation from the Linux Foundation called the LF AI agreed to merge into a new foundation called the LF AI and Data. This foundation has brought together a valuable collection of projects that spans data management and a wide range of analytics capability.

Follow this link to see Egeria’s status.

License: CC BY 4.0, Copyright Contributors to the ODPi Egeria project.