Some high-level work that we expect to be achieved ont he time-scale of months. This list is not exhaustive, but rather aims to whet the appetite for what Intake can be in the future.

Since Intake aims to be a community of data-oriented pythoneers, nothing written here is laid in stone, and users and devs are encouraged to make their opinions known!

Broaden the coverage of formats

Data-type drivers are easy to write, but still require some effort, and therefore reasonable impetus to get the work done. Conversations over the coming months can help determine the drivers that should be created by the Intake team, and those that might be contributed by the community.

Streaming Source

Many data sources are inherently time-sensitive and event-wise. These are not covered well by existing Python tools, but the streamz library may present a nice way to model them. From the Intake point of view, the task would be to develop a streaming type, and at least one data driver that uses it.

The most obvious place to start would be read a file: every time a new line appears in the file, an event is emitted. This is appropriate, for instance, for watching the log files of a web-server, and indeed could be extended to read from an arbitrary socket.


Intake is not in the business or writing data. However, each of the container types do lend themselves to a particular on-disc format, wherever they came from. This proposal is to allow for a persist method on every source, which loads the data and saves it to a configured storage location (local or remote), and automatically adds an entry to some “persisted data” catalog. Such entries may be time-restricted and eventually expire, or perhaps automatically renew themselves.

This is the counterpart to caching, which involves making local copies of remote files. Here we can save anything, for example the output of an expensive SQL query.

Next-generation GUI

The jupyter-widgets GUI is useful and simple, but we can do better. See the long form proposal.

Catalog services

We are experimenting with reflecting external catalog-like data servers as Intake catalogs, so that the familiar API can be used for all the disparate services. See for example this discussion.