Let’s dig in to reveal a brief history of Data. Our world began to digitize data in the 20th century. The process started with the transaction data used in Accounting, where information is properly organized into rows and columns. Today, decades later, we digitize every insight and share it across the business, personal connections and partners. So the question is, ‘In what format is this unstructured data present?’ Well, the huge amount of company information is present in the form of texts, documents, emails, presentations, graphics, audio, video, web pages … and the list goes on. In short, it simply does not fall under the conditions defined by the relational data model. Now, structured data cannot be ignored because it is often the store of important insights that can be used to make important business decisions. So do we have tools to explore unstructured data?
We have some powerful races of search and data management tools that help us make sense of unstructured data. Text search tools like SOLR, Elastic Search, Amazon CloudSearch and 3RDi Search are a few examples that help organize amorphous text data that is so common in today’s business. These tools are equipped with a variety of powerful text extraction features designed for faster and more accurate analysis of unstructured data. Let’s take a quick tour of the tools at a high level. Let’s take a quick tour of the tools at a high level.
Solr and Elastic Search, both based on Lucene, provide advanced search capabilities and the ability to grow as needed. These are open source licenses. Solr indexing with advanced pre-processing support includes tokenization as well as query support support along with spell checking and highlighting. It efficiently searches for the subset of documents, and at the same time implements full search and faceted search. Elastic Search stores documents in JSON format and indexes the text fields. This does not require schema specification prior to loading documents as it records the document structure from JSON documents directly. Support Services and add-ons development are available for both SOLR and Elastic search.
Amazon cloud-based search is a managed service from AWS. The search services can configure AWS management console. Searchable documents can be managed in the common configuration guide.
The 3RDi search – the technological innovation from The Digital Group – means the launch of a whole new growth of rich opportunities in the data-centric world. It is an open source infrastructure and truly a one stop solution for all searches and related needs. It is compatible with all major semantic enrichment frameworks and provides the full spectrum of domain expertise across most domains, verticals and locations.