A few weeks ago, after being charmed by the comma llama (an alpaca), the Dat team put our final touches on the Dat protocol white paper. Today, we are releasing Dat Desktop, dat command line, and datproject.org with full protocol support! We are seriously excited for this release and believe it is a big step forward in sharing our vision for Dat and the future of public data.
See the release notes to learn more about the changes for each app, and see install details below:
Read on to learn more about why we upgraded and what makes the new Dat protocol special.
The New Dat Protocol #
Dat is a distributed data tool putting security and speed first. The open Dat protocol makes automatic version history, encrypted transfer, and dynamic data storage the default. Building on our protocol, we created a new kind of file syncing and data publishing software in Dat Desktop and dat command line.
With the needs of researchers, librarians, and developers in mind, Dat's unique design works wherever you store your files. Dat virtually ties folders together across computers. This means you can share a folder on your computer, send your link, and other users can instantly have a live copy or view the files on datproject.org. By combining user-friendly applications with modern distributed infrastructure, scientists can more easily collaborate on data while improving privacy, reproducibility, and long-term preservation.
Use Dat to publish research data, create resilient archives, or run continuous file backup. With Dat's new HTTP support, you can sync folders live from your computer to the web. Dat gives your existing filesystem magical powers.
Share folders from your computer to anyone in seconds with your dat link. Dat transfers data directly between computers for fast and secure sharing.
Install Today #
Explore datasets on datproject.org or install Dat Desktop and dat command line. We hope you try out Dat and share some cool data. You can ask questions, open issues, or talk to us at @dat_project, on Github, or in our chat room (#dat on IRC). Thank you!
White Paper #
Dat - Distributed Dataset Synchronization And Versioning (Full text)