Airbnb developed Caravel to provide all employees with interactive access to data while minimizing friction. Caravel provides a quick way to intuitively visualize datasets by allowing users to create and share interactive dashboards; a rich set of visualizations to analyze your data, as well as a flexible way to extend the capabilities; an extensible, high-granularity security model allowing intricate rules on who can access which features and integration with major authentication providers (database, OpenID, LDAP, OAuth, and REMOTE_USER through Flask AppBuilder); a simple semantic layer, allowing you to control how data sources are displayed in the UI by defining which fields should show up in which drop-down and which aggregation and function (metrics) are made available to the user; and deep integration with Druid that allows for Caravel to stay blazing fast while working with large, real-time datasets.
Caravel’s main goal is to make it easy to slice, dice, and visualize data. Maxime Beauchemin explains how Caravel empowers each and every employee to perform analytics at the speed of thought.
Maxime Beauchemin is a senior software engineer at Lyft, where he develops open source products that reduce friction and help generate insights from data. He’s the creator and a lead maintainer of data pipeline workflow engine Apache Airflow (incubating) and data visualization platform Apache Superset (incubating). A recognized thought leader in the data engineering field, Maxime previously worked on the analytics and experimentation products team at Airbnb; at Facebook, where he focused on computation frameworks powering engagement and growth analytics; at Yahoo, where he did clickstream analytics; and at Ubisoft, where he was a data warehouse architect.
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