An interesting fact: Every 10 days there are almost 500 articles written on big data. In the first half of 2013, there were nearly 14,000 articles. That’s according to an article in Streaming Media Magazine called The Big Data Wagon, by Tim Siglin.
I think it’s safe to call “big data” the industry buzzword in 2013, but what is it? Big data references a massive volume of data so large that it’s difficult to process using traditional database and software techniques. Capturing, storing, searching, sharing and reviewing analytics is a struggle.
Tim wrote that big data streaming boils down to three things — “content management, mission-critical delivery and indexing and metadata usability.”
Sonic Foundry is addressing each of these issues. I spoke with Tim earlier this summer at InfoComm 2013 in Orlando, Fla. about Mediasite’s big data story. Here’s a snippet of what he wrote:
"Speaking to Sonic Foundry vice president Sean Brown at the 2013 InfoComm show, it became apparent the company is thinking beyond the streaming and content management aspects, focusing on retrieving added value for its customers from what might be otherwise stagnant assets.
The key to this, according to Brown, is combining the critical mass of education and enterprise content with the power of indexing. “Even just a few years ago, we didn’t have the critical mass of content within the enterprise to warrant deep-dive indexing,” says Brown. “Last year, we quietly added a feature that has been increasing the accuracy and depth of results: optical character recognition.”
Learn more about Mediasite’s big data story in Tim’s article here.