An open source business intelligence tool • New projects for ad-free podcasts, AI sales reps, and image analyzing • GitHub Accelerator 2024 • and more

Welcome to Open Pioneers #22 - your weekly update from the forefront of open source. Today, we talk about:

  • Metabase, an open source business intelligence tool

  • New open source projects, including:

    • Podly Pure Podcasts: Ad-block for podcasts.

    • Corinna AI: AI Chatbot that acts like a sales rep.

    • visionGPT: Analyze your image in seconds with AI.

  • GitHub Accelerator 2024 cohort

Since last week, we have welcomed 70 new Open Pioneers. 🚀 If you like this week's post, it would make my day if you would share it with a friend or colleague.

🔍 Spotlight: Metabase, an open source business intelligence tool

Metabase is an open source business intelligence and data visualization platform that empowers users to easily explore and analyze data from various sources. It provides a user-friendly interface that allows non-technical users to create dashboards, visualizations, and perform ad-hoc queries without needing to write SQL code.

Metabase offers both an open source edition and paid enterprise editions with additional features such as single sign-on (SSO), data sandboxing, and audit logs. Users can connect Metabase to over 20 different data sources, including databases, data warehouses, and cloud services, without needing to extract or move data.

One of the standout features of Metabase is its visual query builder, which allows users to construct queries through a graphical interface rather than writing SQL. This makes data exploration and analysis more accessible to a broader range of users, regardless of their technical expertise. It also includes features like dashboard subscriptions, alerts, and data modeling to help teams collaborate and automate reporting processes.

The open source edition of Metabase is free to use and can be self-hosted or deployed on the Metabase Cloud Starter plan. This makes it an attractive option for organizations of all sizes, from small startups to large enterprises, looking for a powerful yet accessible business intelligence solution.

🔥 New open source projects started last week

🌱 GitHub Accelerator 2024 cohort

The GitHub Accelerator is a program launched by GitHub to support and promote promising open source projects and developers. It is a 10-week program that provides financial backing, mentorship, community-building opportunities, and resources to help open source projects and developers take their projects to the next level.

The support provided by the GitHub Accelerator includes $40,000 in non-dilutive sponsorship funding via GitHub Sponsors for each selected project. Additionally, participants receive up to $350,000 in additional benefits, including Azure credits, resources from OpenAI, free GitHub products like Copilot, and potential connections to GitHub Fund and Microsoft's venture fund M12. The program also offers mentorship, training, and guidance on building sustainable open source businesses, navigating legal and ethical considerations, and scaling projects.

The 2024 cohort specifically focuses on supporting open source projects and solutions related to artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) and includes:

  • Unsloth AI: Fine-tunes models faster and with less memory.

  • Giskard: Library for testing and evaluating LLMs.

  • A-Frame: Framework for AR/VR and 3D content in browsers.

  • NAV2: Leading AMR navigation solution.

  • OpenWebUI: Local LLMs with a focus on privacy and security.

  • Tools for secure enterprise RAG models.

  • LangDrive: Simplifies LLM training and deployment via APIs.

  • HackingBuddyGPT: Autonomous agents for security teams.

  • Web-Check: AI-powered security insights for websites.

  • Marimo: Advanced Python notebook for AI/ML.

  • Unified API for easy RAG deployment.

📚 More open source content

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  • Transparency and Community: An Open Source Vision for AI Link

  • Open Source is a Good Start for India Link

  • UN Report: The Climate Data Challenge - The Critical Role of Open-Source and Neutral Data Platforms Link

Until next week,

Jonathan (@jonathimer)

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