Dat (software)

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A command-line session showing repository creation, addition of a file, and decentralized synchronization
Original author(s)Max Ogden[1]
Developer(s)Dat Team[2] and others[3]
Initial release4 June 2013; 8 years ago (2013-06-04)
Stable release
14.0.2[4] Edit this on Wikidata / 26 March 2020
Written inJavaScript
Operating systemLinux, macOS, Windows
Available inEnglish
TypeDistributed data store

Dat (/dæt/[6]) is a data distribution tool with a version control feature for tracking changes and publishing data sets. It is primarily used for data-driven science, but it can be used to keep track of changes in any data set. As a distributed revision control system it is aimed at speed, simplicity, security, and support for distributed, non-linear workflows.[7]

Dat was created by Max Ogden in 2013 to standardize the way data analysts collaborate on the changes they make to data sets.[8] It is developed through funding support from Code for Science,[9] the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation[10] and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.[11][2]

Dat is free software distributed under the terms of the BSD-3-Clause license.

One of the main implementations is Beaker, a web browser that seamlessly handles dat:// URLs and allows building and seeding Dat websites.[12] Homebase is a server-side permanent seeding tool for Dat.[13]

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  1. ^ "initial readme". Github. 26 June 2013. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Dat Development Team". Dat Project. 2016. Archived from the original on 23 June 2018. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  3. ^ "Commit Graph". Github. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Release 14.0.2". 26 March 2020. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  5. ^ "Dat's BSD license at github.com". github.com. 18 November 2015. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Introducing Dat: If Git Were Designed For Big Data (at 00:00:03)". YouTube. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  7. ^ "dat". datproject.org. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  8. ^ "initial readme · datproject/dat@4646792". GitHub. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  9. ^ "Technology & Data For Good". Code for Science & Society. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  10. ^ "Dat". Knight Foundation. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  11. ^ "Dat Grant". sloan.org. Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  12. ^ "Beaker | Peer-to-peer Web browser. No blockchain required". beakerbrowser.com. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  13. ^ GitHub - beakerbrowser/homebase: Self-deployable tool for seeding dat:// websites., Beaker Browser, 12 June 2019, retrieved 13 June 2019