Airbnb’s engineering team describe the challenges they faced in democratizing their data . Very thoughtful insights into how they help the company effectively navigating a sea of data resources of varying quality, complexity, relevance, and trustworthiness. Some of the key insights: 1) relationships are just as pertinent as the nodes. Knowing who produced or consumed a resource is just as valuable as the resource itself. 2) People are data resources too. Finding employees who have used or own a given data resource can increase the efficiency of knowledge sharing. 3) Data is a proxy for the operations of a company. Analyzing the network helps to surface lines of communication and identify facets or disconnected information.

Democratizing Data at Airbnb