Encyclopedia of Big Data Technologies

2019 Edition
| Editors: Sherif Sakr, Albert Y. Zomaya

Data Lake

  • Christoph QuixEmail author
  • Rihan Hai
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-77525-8_7


A data lake is a data repository in which datasets from multiple sources are stored in their original structures. It should provide functions to extract data and metadata from heterogeneous sources and to ingest them into a hybrid storage system. In addition, a data lake should offer a data transformation engine, in which datasets can be transformed, cleaned, and integrated with other datasets. Finally, interfaces to explore and to query the data and metadata of a data lake should be also available in a data lake system.


The term “data lake” (DL) was first mentioned by James Dixon in 2010 in a blog post (https://jamesdixon.wordpress.com/2010/10/14/pentaho-hadoop-and-data-lakes/) where he put data marts on the same level as bottled water, which is cleansed, packaged, and structured for easy consumption. In contrast, a data lake manages the raw data as it is ingested from the data sources.

In the initial article (and in a later, more detailed article (https://jamesdixon.wordpress.com/2014/09/25/data-lakes-revisited/...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Fraunhofer-Institute for Applied Information Technology FITSankt AugustinGermany
  2. 2.RWTH Aachen UniversityAachenGermany