Tag Archives: data

Unstructured Data

Is unstructured data a bad term? I saw some data professionals complaining about this, saying all data is structured. That’s usually true. A CSV, even a ragged one has structure. XML and JSON have structure, even if it might vary … Continue reading

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The Randomness of Analog

One of the joys for much of my early life was walking through a library, looking for a book to curl up in the corner with and read. As a young boy, I would walk to a local library and … Continue reading

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More Open Data

Steve Ballmer retired from Microsoft almost three years ago. It seems like a small eternity, and since his purchase of the NBA Los Angeles Clippers, I haven’t heard much about any ventures with which he’s been involved. Apparently, he’s spent … Continue reading

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We are All Data Companies

I have seen more than a few people note that every company is a software company. Or that every company should be a software company because software is becoming so important. I’m not sure that’s true. My mechanic certainly uses … Continue reading

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Local Database Issues

There was a report that Spotify is writing lots of junk data to users’ local drives. Some people have noted GB a day or writes, even when they aren’t using Spotify for listening to music. Some debugging by users show … Continue reading

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The Exciting World of Data

I was honored to have the chance to give the keynote at SQL Saturday #520 in Cambridge this year. This was a quick keynote, and it was fast. I didn’t record it, but people seemed to enjoy it, and I … Continue reading

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Opening Up Data

Tim O’Reilly has been an advocate of open data access and standards for some time, especially from governments. He’s pushed for more interoperability and certainly more accessability from all sorts of groups. He gave an interview earlier this year to LinuxVoice where … Continue reading

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Data Lakes

I heard a new phrase this week: the data lake. It comes from a Radar Podcast episode where Edd Dumbill talks about data as an asset that should be exposed everywhere in an organization. There’s a blog post on the subject as well. The … Continue reading

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Deleting Data

Like Tim Berners-Lee, I find the “right to be forgotten” law in Europe to be dangerous. The tremendous growth of data in our world means that searches become increasingly important in order for us to find data. If data is removed … Continue reading

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Bucket List Data

I made a bucket list over a decade ago after hearing an interview with Ted Leonsis, former President of AOL. He had an interesting list, and while mine was more pedestrian, I have managed to knock off quite a few items, … Continue reading

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