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Keen IO, a startup with a cloud-based data analytics tool, is announcing today that it’s releasing one of its tools for customers, the Data Explorer, under an open-source license.

The Data Explorer first became available to customers earlier this year, as a web-based graphical user interface for making queries and getting charts with simple drop-down menus. A predecessor, called Workbench, has been around since the startup’s earliest days (it was founded in 2011).

“By open-sourcing it and letting people modify and embed it into their own apps, we kind of get back to our identity as a back-end company,” cofounder and chief executive Kyle Wild told VentureBeat in an interview.

Previous Keen IO open-source contributions include dashboard templates and the Pushpop plugin to send messages into Slack.

Customers have made many feature requests for the Data Explorer. It’s the sort of thing that both developers and non-technical people could use.

Sure, it can help developers get a sense of what they can do with the data that’s being tracked, whether it be from an application or a piece of hardware. But the startup wants to spend more of its attention on its application programming interface (API) for running queries, which programmers can use in their apps.

There’s a limited amount of effort we can expend,” Wild said. “We want to do it in a way that’s most useful.”

And by keeping its focus narrow, Keen IO can maintain an identity distinct from other tools, such as Google Analytics, Kissmetrics, and Mixpanel.

San Francisco-based Keen IO announced an $11.3 million funding round last summer. Customers include EMC, John Deere, Chartboost, and Quartz.

Find the Data Explorer here.


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