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For most, the term data lineage conjures up thoughts of a lineage diagram, with nodes and connections between those nodes. You know, a bit like a family tree, if you had relatives called SALES_QUANTITY and PRODUCT_KEY. This is basically how we saw lineage, until countless conversations with data engineers made us realise this is just the jumping-off point.

Initially, we were surprised by just how triggering the term ‘data lineage’ was. Most data engineers had thought about the topic, and plenty were actively exploring how they could implement it. …

Dan Mashiter

Co-Founder at Alvin (, data governance IS cool

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