The Data Intelligence Project

Through the Data Intelligence Project, Alation teaches students the language of data in theory and in practice, so when they graduate and go on to work in data-centric companies, they’re prepared to translate knowledge into action.

About the Project

A group of three young students learning real-word data skills from Alation's Data Intelligence Project

What is the Data Intelligence Project?

The Data Intelligence Project exposes students to the benefits of a collaborative data catalog environment that can help with real-world data challenges while reducing the overhead to learn about data. Graduates with experience navigating complex data landscapes will be well-positioned to launch successful, competitive careers. Learn More.

Two of Alation's Data Intelligence Project students smiling as they are about to high-five each other

Program Benefits

We offer our software free of charge, to faculty and students at academic institutions, as a learning tool. With Alation, students learn the critical skills they need to curate, govern, and discover data assets in the data-driven enterprises of today.

Academic Partners

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

School of Information Studies

University of Cincinnati

School of Information Technology

University of Stirling

Computer Science & Software Engineering

University of Arkansas - Little Rock

The Department of Information Science

Empowering The Workforce of Tomorrow


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Semesters Offered


Different Courses Taught

By adding more universities to the Data Intelligence Program, we’re providing students around the world with real-world experience using data and technology. We’re proud to partner with these vision-aligned educators to inspire and empower the next generation of data users and decision-makers.

Aaron Kalb

Chief Strategy Officer, Alation

Alation is foundational to the class I teach, Data Technology Administration. It brings a sense of reality, fun, and excitement to learning, which can be challenging as a professor.

Russell McMahon

University of Cincinnati

Data intelligence is one of the fastest-growing occupational fields, a highly sought-after role nearly every industry is hiring for. Partnering with Alation allows us to tailor our curriculum to real-world demand and provide our students with the tools and experience they need to ignite their career paths, no matter the industry.

Dr. Maria Haigh

Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Opened laptop with Alation's Data Catalog software

Professional Resources for Your Students

An Enterprise Data Catalog

Students can access and use the same enterprise-quality data catalog they will find in Fortune 100 companies.

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Interested in participating?

Could your undergraduate or graduate students benefit from:

  • Applying classic concepts and methodology from information & library science to data, data cataloging, and data usage?

  • Using a data intelligence platform in the classroom to conduct data-based research?

  • Working with data, learning about SQL, database systems, and more, all within a collaborative data catalog and shared query environment?

If the answer is yes

Contact us to find out more about the Data Intelligence Project.