Collaborating on Projects with Cloudera Machine Learning

This topic discusses all the collaboration strategies available to Cloudera Machine Learning users.

Project Collaborators

If you want to work closely with trusted colleagues on a particular project, you can add them to the project as collaborators. This is recommended for collaboration over projects created under your personal account. Anyone who belongs to your organization can be added as a project collaborator.

Project Visibility Levels: When you create a project in your personal context, Cloudera Machine Learning asks you to assign one of the following visibility levels to the project - Private or Public. Public projects on Cloudera Machine Learning grant read-level access to everyone with access to the Cloudera Machine Learning application. For Private projects, you must explicitly add someone as a project collaborator to grant them access.

Project Collaborator Access Levels: You can grant project collaborators the following levels of access: Viewer, Operator, Contributor, Admin


Users who work together on more than one project and want to facilitate collaboration can create a Team. Teams allow streamlined administration of projects. Team projects are owned by the team, rather than an individual user. Only users that are already part of the team can be added as collaborators to projects created within the team context. Team administrators can add or remove members at any time, assigning each member different access permissions.

Team Member Access Levels: You can grant team members the following levels of access: Viewer, Operator, Contributor, Admin.

ML Business User

The ML Business User role is for a user who only needs to view any applications that are created within Cloudera Machine Learning. This is the ideal role for an employee who is not part of the Data Science team and does not need higher-level access to workspaces and projects, but needs to access the output of a Data Science workflow. MLBusinessUser seats are available for purchase separately.

Forking Projects

You can fork another user's project by clicking Fork on the Project page. Forking creates a new project under your account that contains all the files, libraries, configuration, and jobs from the original project.

Creating sample projects that other users can fork helps to bootstrap new projects and encourage common conventions.

Collaborating with Git

Cloudera Machine Learning provides seamless access to Git projects. Whether you are working independently, or as part of a team, you can leverage all of benefits of version control and collaboration with Git from within Cloudera Machine Learning. Teams that already use Git for collaboration can continue to do so. Each team member will need to create a separate Cloudera Machine Learning project from the central Git repository.

For anything but simple projects, Cloudera recommends using Git for version control. You should work on Cloudera Machine Learning the same way you would work locally, and for most data scientists and developers that means using Git.