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Open Source Reporting & Data Visualization Platform

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BIRT is an open source technology platform used to create data visualizations and reports that can be embedded into rich client and web applications. Developers who use BIRT Designer are able to access information from multiple data sources easily and quickly in order to create reports and applications with stunning data visualizations.

Actuate now provides a free report server, BIRT iHub F-Type, to deploy BIRT content so developers don't have to build their own infrastructure. With a flexible Open Data Access framework, developers can write custom data drivers to access data from any source, including Big Data sources like Apache Hadoop, Cassandra, and MongoDB, along with all traditional relational databases, Flat Files, XML data streams, and data stored in proprietary systems. Built for embedding, BIRT includes APIs for data access, chart generation, output formats, content execution, and integration within larger applications.

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  • THE PROJECT — BIRT is an open source software project that provides the BIRT technology platform to create data visualizations and reports that can be embedded into rich client and web applications, especially those based on Java and Java EE. BIRT is a top-level software project within the Eclipse Foundation, an independent not-for-profit consortium of software industry vendors and an open source community. The project is sponsored by Actuate along with contributions from IBM, and Innovent Solutions. BIRT is supported by an active community of users here at Eclipse.org and at the BIRT Developer Center. It is licensed under the Eclipse Public License (EPL).
  • THE GROUNDSWELL — Today, BIRT technology platform is one of the most widely adopted data visualization and reporting technologies with over 12 million downloads and over 3.5M developers across 157 countries. BIRT also has a large, active and growing developer community representing all types of organizations. Major technology companies such as IBM, Cisco, S1 and ABS Nautical Systems have incorporated BIRT into their product lines.
  • THE TECHNOLOGY PLATFORM — BIRT has two main components: a visual report designer for creating BIRT Designs, and a runtime component for generating those designs that can be deployed to any Java environment. The BIRT project also includes a charting engine that is both fully integrated into the BIRT designer and can be used standalone to integrate charts into an application. BIRT designs are persisted as XML and can access a number of different data sources including JDO datastores, JFire Scripting Objects, POJOs, SQL databases, Web Services and XML.
  • THE PHILOSOPHY — BIRT is about open standards. It integrates with any data source in any environment. BIRT represents a commitment to the highest standards in software design and quality.

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