When hacks become tools


Andrew Odewahn, Chief Technology Officer of O’Reilly MediaAndrew Odewahn, Chief Technology Officer of O’Reilly Media

Open source software is great, but can you really run a company with it? Andrew Odewahn, Chief Technology Officer of O’Reilly Media, thinks so. He sees opportunity for organizations in a new generation of open source analytical and data visualization tools.

Because such tools are often built by hackers for hackers, they often rely on a complex system of dependencies and concepts that can make them more difficult to adopt than purpose-built tools from proprietary vendors. While the benefits in terms of cost savings and rapid innovation are huge, reaping the rewards often requires organizations to rethink processes and workflows as a software process.  

For almost 5 years, O'Reilly Media has centered its publishing processes around tools like Jupyter, git, GitHub, Docker, and a host of open source packages. Odewahn visits the James B. Hunt Jr. Library on Tuesday, Nov. 8 from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. in the Duke Energy Hall to deliver the talk “git push’ as the Future of Publishing” about how organizations can leverage these diverse tools. The talk is free and open to the public.

Then, from 2-3 p.m. in the Creativity Studio, Odewahn leads a workshop entitled “Narrated Learning Experience: Blending Code, Data, Text, and Video.” He will demonstrate a suite of tools including GitHub, Docker and Jupyter, and present new projects geared towards blending code, data, text, and video into a narrated learning experience with executable content. Bring your laptop to the workshop; free registration is required. To register visit: https://www.lib.ncsu.edu/event/narrated-learning-experience-blending-code-data-text-and-video-0.