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From Sally Khudairi ...@apache.org>
Subject The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache® OODT™ v1.0
Date Wed, 29 Jun 2016 09:40:09 GMT
>> this announcement is available online at https://s.apache.org/z9pk

Open Source Big Data middleware metadata framework in use at Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Virtual Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, DARPA MEMEX and XDATA, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory,
and the National Cancer Institute, among others.

Forest Hill, MD —29 June 2016— The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer
developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives,
announced today the availability of Apache® OODT™ v1.0, the Big Data middleware metadata
framework. 

OODT is a grid middleware framework for science data processing, information integration,
and retrieval. As "middleware for metadata" (and vice versa), OODT is used for computer processing
workflow, hardware and file management, information integration, and linking databases. The
OODT architecture allows distributed computing and data resources to be searchable and utilized
by any end user. 

"Apache OODT 1.0 is a great milestone in this project," said Tom Barber, Vice President of
Apache OODT. "Effectively managing data pools has historically been problematic for some users,
and OODT addresses a number of the issues faced. v1.0 allows us to prepare for some big changes
within the platform with new UI designs for user-facing apps and data flow processing under
the hood. It's an exciting time in the data management sector and we believe Apache OODT can
be at the forefront of it." 

OODT 1.0 signals a stage in the project where the initial scope of the platform is feature-
complete and ready for general consumption. v1.0 features include:

 - Data ingestion and processing; 
 - Automatic data discovery and metadata extraction; 
 - Metadata management; 
 - Workflow processing and support; and 
 - Resource management 

Originally created at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 1998 as a way to build a national
framework for data sharing, OODT has been instrumental to the National Cancer Institute's
Early Detection Research Network for managing distributed scientific data sets across 20+
institutions nationwide for more than a decade. 

Apache OODT is in use in many scientific data system projects in Earth science, planetary
science, and astronomy at NASA, such as the Lunar Mapping and Modeling Project (LMMP), NPOESS
Preparatory Project (NPP) Sounder PEATE Testbed, the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2)
project, and the Soil Moisture Active Passive mission testbed. In addition, OODT is used for
large-scale data management and data preparation tasks in the DARPA MEMEX and XDATA efforts,
and for supporting research and data analysis within the pediatric intensive care domain in
collaboration with Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and its Laura P. and Leland K. Whittier
Virtual Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (VPICU), among many other applications. 

"To watch Apache OODT grow from an internal NASA project to 1.0 where it is today and dozens
of releases is an amazing feat. I truly believe having it at the ASF has allowed it to grow
and prosper. We are doubling down on our commitment to Apache OODT, investing in its enhancement
and use in several national-scale projects," said Chris Mattmann, member of the Apache OODT
Project Management Committee, and Chief Architect, Instrument and Science Data Systems Section
at NASA JPL. "Apache OODT processes some of the world's biggest data sets, distributes and
manages them, and makes sure science happens in a timely and accurate fashion." 

OODT entered the Apache Incubator in January 2010, and graduated as a Top-level Project in
November 2010. 

Catch Apache OODT in action at ApacheCon Europe, 14-18 November 2016 in Seville, Spain http://apachecon.com/.

Availability and Oversight 
Apache OODT software is released under the Apache License v2.0 and is overseen by a self-selected
team of active contributors to the project. A Project Management Committee (PMC) guides the
Project's day-to-day operations, including community development and product releases. For
downloads, documentation, and ways to become involved with Apache OODT, visit http://oodt.apache.org/
and https://twitter.com/apache_oodt 

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) 
Established in 1999, the all-volunteer Foundation oversees more than 350 leading Open Source
projects, including Apache HTTP Server --the world's most popular Web server software. Through
the ASF's meritocratic process known as "The Apache Way," more than 550 individual Members
and 5,300 Committers successfully collaborate to develop freely available enterprise-grade
software, benefiting millions of users worldwide: thousands of software solutions are distributed
under the Apache License; and the community actively participates in ASF mailing lists, mentoring
initiatives, and ApacheCon, the Foundation's official user conference, trainings, and expo.
The ASF is a US 501(c)(3) charitable organization, funded by individual donations and corporate
sponsors including Alibaba Cloud Computing, ARM, Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Cerner, Cloudera,
Comcast, Confluent, Facebook, Google, Hortonworks, HP, Huawei, IBM, InMotion Hosting, iSigma,
LeaseWeb, Microsoft, OPDi, PhoenixNAP, Pivotal, Private Internet Access, Produban, Red Hat,
Serenata Flowers, WANdisco, and Yahoo. For more information, visit http://www.apache.org/
and https://twitter.com/TheASF 

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trademarks or trademarks of the Apache Software Foundation in the United States and/or other
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