K2View takes aim at DataOps with new funding

Organizations typically store user data in many different places, often making it a challenge to get a complete view of all the data.

Among the myriad approaches for consolidating data is ingesting data into a data warehouse or data lake to bring different sources together. Startup K2View, based in Dallas and Tel Aviv, Israel, takes a different approach with its fabric platform that aims to unify all sources of data for a given user or entity. It’s an approach that uses what the company calls micro-databases, in which each database includes all the data from different sources for the specific user. 

On Aug. 11, K2View revealed that it raised $28 million to continue to build out and advance its technologies, which fit into a growing segment of the market commonly referred to as DataOps (Data Operations). In this Q&A, Achi Rotem, CEO and co-founder of K2View, discusses his views on DataOps and the challenges of data management at scale.

Why are you now raising money amid the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic?

Achi Rotem: We didn’t feel like we should take anyone’s money before. We wanted to be absolutely sure there is a market and that we had

Camera Traps and Motion Sensors Show the Wacky Side of Wildlife

The foggy morning had given way to a brilliant sun. Despite the chill in the air, I could feel sweat starting to bead down my neck as my field assistant and I made our way to a waterhole in the Kanha Tiger Reserve. It was December 2019, and I had just started the fieldwork component of my MSc project. I wanted to identify and examine spatial and temporal patterns in how wild ungulates in Kanha used waterholes: when and where the animals preferred to drink water. The bulk of my data was collected using camera traps.

Walking through the jungle, I was excited. Just two weeks before, I had set up my first batch of camera traps. My plan that day was to retrieve them and see what I had found. For a young researcher like me, it felt like I was walking towards buried treasure.

Camera traps, or trail cameras, typically consist of a camera unit along with a motion sensor. They can be calibrated to take a set number of photos or record videos whenever movement is detected. Once installed, they are capable of passively accumulating timestamped records of wildlife presence in a non-intrusive manner. For my project,

Open source: Why governments need to go further

Commentary: Yes, governments should open source their custom code. But more than that is needed.

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For Drupal (and Acquia) founder Dries Buytaert, “the default [in government] should be ‘developed with public money, make it public code.'” That is, if a government is paying for software to be created, that software should be available under an open source license. While he acknowledged there might be exceptions (e.g., for military applications, as I’ve called out), his suggestion makes sense.

Years ago I argued that government mandates of open source made no sense. I still feel that way. Governments (and enterprises) should use whatever software best enables them to get work done. Increasingly, that software will be open source. But when good open source alternatives don’t yet exist, it makes no sense to mandate the use of suboptimal software. 

But software that governments create? There’s no compelling citizen-focused reason for closing it off. Instead, there are many reasons to open it up.

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Of the people, by the people, for the people

This topic of why countries should embrace open source is an easy argument