OmniSci for Good
The OmniSci for Good program gives non-profit organizations and researchers a non-commercial license to the full OmniSci platform, for free. Our goal with the program is to accelerate the work good people are doing, using data, to make a difference in our communities.
To be eligible to participate in this program, you must be a non-profit organization or non-commercial research team or individual. We understand that some corporations have very altruistic results as part of their business, and we love that and we are eager to work with those companies through a standard commercial relationship. The license available in this program specifically limits the use of OmniSci to non-commercial entities.
- A one year license to the full OmniSci platform, which can be annually renewed for as long as the project is alive and showing benefits to the community.
- Support from OmniSci’s developers and advocates through our community forum (community.omnisci.com).
- Support to write joint blog posts and do joint presentations that show off and draw attention to the project with relevant audiences.
What’s Not Included
- We typically provide only the software license, so no hardware or cloud instances to run it on. If servers are a need for your project, come talk with us, we might be able to connect you with other partners.
- We do our best to provide same-day support through our community forum, but we can’t offer any more robust support guarantees.
How To Apply
If you’re interested in applying for the OmniSci for Good program, or have any questions, please email us at email@example.com. We will setup time to discuss your use case and get you enrolled!
Our First Project: Flint Water
We recently began working with a team in Michigan that has shown us the power of bringing two of our passions at OmniSci closer together: the power of data for solving problems, and the reward of doing good in our communities. That Michigan team, led by Dr. Jacob Abernethy from Georgia Tech and Dr. Eric Schwartz from the University of Michigan, has been using data and machine learning to help the city of Flint’s lead service line replacement program find and efficiently replace the hazardous pipes that have had that community in the headlines for the past few years. Their work involves exactly the kind of problem OmniSci is built for: large complex datasets from multiple sources, including geospatial data about the properties and the water lines, and the need to analyze the data in real time, zooming out to see a whole city and in to see a specific house, with no latency. Their contribution to the overall Flint program was to train a machine learning model that could predict where the lead pipes are most likely to be, focusing the replacement work in the right places and reducing the cost of replacement dramatically.
We were blown away by this project. The team’s use of OmniSci to do their data science work, and also to communicate the results of that work out to the leaders of the project and the community, have had an immediate impact. Inspired by this project and the team’s hard work, we’ve built this OmniSci for Good program to encourage other good works projects to use OmniSci as their data analytics platform.