Microsoft announces Azure Data Catalog, the GitHub of cloud-based data analytics

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In an attempt to create a central point of reference for enterprise data, Microsoft is introducing Azure Data Catalog. Still in preview, it’s a cloud tool for registering and finding data repositories registered by companies. When a data set is registered, the company can assign it metadata and descriptors. As users discover the data, they can add their own tags or descriptions to help future users find it. If a data set becomes particularly useful, users can connect it directly to data visualization tools. The data is all crowdsourced; Azure isn’t pulling anything in automatically. As Microsoft puts it, “any…

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