QUANSIGHT LABS

DEDICATED TO OPEN SOURCE RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT & MAINTENANCE

Quansight Labs is a public-benefit division of Quansight created to provide a home for a “PyData Core Team” which consists of developers, community managers, designers, and documentation writers who build open-source technology around all aspects of the AI and Data Science workflow.

SUSTAINING THE FUTURE OF OPEN SOURCE

Projects like NumPy, SciPy, Pandas, Jupyter, Matplotlib, Scikit-Learn and many others serve as a foundation for data science workflows and a launchpad for AI. We have had the privilege of participating in these communities and understand personally the need for people to be funded to work on these projects.
 

We also understand the needs of companies that use these projects and can help focus your needs into community-actionable pull-requests. We created Community Work Orders to engage the talented leadership and developers that produced these successful innovations and connect them to industry needs to produce tomorrow’s solutions. Read more about how Community Work orders help sustain the future of open source below. 

COMMUNITY LED

Ralf Gommers
Co-Director
Quansight Labs
As Director of Quansight Labs, Ralf Gommers supports, grows and connects open source communities. He has 10+ years’ experience in OSS scientific computing as a driving force behind NumPy, SciPy, and NumFOCUS. He holds a Ph.D. in Physics from University College London.
Travis Oliphant
Board of Directors
Quansight Labs
Founder and CEO/CTO of Quansight. Travis Oliphant has 20+ years’ experience in OSS scientific computing as the Creator of NumPy, SciPy, Conda, Numba, and XND and as the Founder of Anaconda (Continuum), NumFOCUS, and PyData. He has a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the Mayo Clinic.
Lalitha Kishnamoorthy
Board of Directors
Quansight Labs
Lalitha is a technologist with a capability to implement solutions in high-growth markets. She has a passion for startups and experience with large scale technology platforms. She has connected the technical "art of the possible" with business value and launched various products and programs over her 17 year career at IBM. She is a supporter of women in technology as a mentor of several women pursuing executive careers in STREAM. Lalitha holds a Bachelor's Degree in Electronics Engineering and a Master's in Computer Science.
Carol Willing
Board of Directors
Quansight Labs
Carol is a key member of CPython's and Project Jupyter's Steering Councils, and has practical experience in OSS governance and sustainability. As a core developer of JupyterHub, Binder, and CPython, she brings real-world knowledge of what makes OSS projects successful. She earned the ACM Software System Award in 2017 and in 2019 she received the Frank Willison Award as well. Carol holds a BSE in Electrical Engineering from Duke University and an MS in Management from MIT.
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Tania Allard
Co-director
Quansight Labs
As Co-Director of Quansight Labs, Tania Allard supports, grows, and connects open source communities. She has 10+ year's experience in academic and enterprise contexts focusing on scientific computing, automation and MLOps, full-stack data science, OSS sustainability, and reproducible research.
She holds a PhD in computational nanomechanics from the University of Manchester.

COMMUNITY ENDORSEMENTS 

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JAKE VANDERPLAS

"It's hard to overstate the impact of Travis Oliphant's work: from his founding contributions to NumPy and SciPy almost two decades ago, to his more recent influence in the development of open tools like conda, Dask, and Bokeh, to his co-founding of the NumFOCUS organization and PyData conference series, his work and vision have influenced nearly every aspect of the scientific computing world. I have high hopes for what he and his colleagues will accomplish through Quansight Labs."

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FERNANDO PEREZ

"The impact of the open source PyData/SciPy stack continues to grow, reaching virtually every corner of research, education and industry. Yet we struggle with finding models for its sustainable development that support open communities, offer career paths beyond volunteering (a luxury many can't afford), integrate with traditional research, and lead industry to contribute back with fairness and responsibility. 

 

Travis has been at the forefront of this effort for almost two decades, creating both tools and institutions that break down barriers. I am excited to see Quansight Labs encapsulate his experience and explore new models, and look forward to the contributions the Quansight Labs team will make."

QUANSIGHT LABS PROJECTS

Visit the Quansight Labs website to learn more about Labs and these Projects

Attend Quansight's Open Source Directions webinar series to hear the latest on these and other project presented by project leaders and contributors.

Click to see upcoming and past webinars.

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COMMUNITY WORK ORDERS

HOW QUANSIGHT CONNECTS COMMUNITIES AND COMPANIES

The open source communities that drive projects often have a road map of
enhancements they plan for future versions of their software. They rarely have
the resources to complete all of the enhancement they would like to see. Resources contributed from companies who use the open source software can make the difference and help projects stay current with technology trends.

On the other side of the equation, companies who use open source software frequently identify enhancements to the software that would make it more useful to them. Often these companies are willing to fund the development of these enhancements. And sometimes companies that use open source would like to support communities even if they don’t need specific enhancements.

Quansight Labs has created the concept of a "Community Work Order" which is a focused Statement of Work that funds community-led open source development. This makes the connection between companies that would like to fund open source development and communities that can use additional resources. The Community Work Order defines the work to be done and the funds required. Quansight Labs hires and contracts people in the community who can do the work and manages the process of funding that work to completion. Read more about Community Work Orders here.

If you are a community leader that is interested in obtaining funding for your project or an industry leader who would like to fund open source development, connect with us to learn more about how Quansight Labs can help you.