Like many startups, the number of employees at Airbnb has grown significantly over the past several years. In parallel we have seen explosive growth in both the amount of data and the number of internal data resources: data tables, dashboards, reports, metrics definitions, etc.

On one hand, the growth in data resources is healthy and reflects our heavy investment in data tooling to promote data-informed decision making. However it also creates a new challenge: effectively navigating a sea of data resources of varying quality, complexity, relevance, and trustworthiness. In this post we describe our observation of this problem and the Dataportal, a novel data resource search and discovery tool that addresses this issue.

The overarching goal of the Dataportal is to democratize data and empower Airbnb employees to be data informed by aiding with data exploration, discovery, and trust.

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