Cataloging Data Catalogs
And Building Data Infra
It can be easy to take certain tools for granted when you work for companies with mature infrastructure. One of my favorite tools at Facebook was iData.
iData was Facebook’s data discoverability tool. It provided a lot of functionality that I have started to miss. This included the baseline functions you would expect including the ability to find tables, trace lineage, and track down owners of said tables.
But there were also other beneficial features like cost tracking, data quality assessments, and table certification. All of these features made it easy for a new data engineer to quickly orient themselves as they started on new projects.
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