NoSQL Matters Dublin 2014

Posted on 05 Sep 2014

Many thanks to the organisers, speakers and all the sponsors of NoSQL Matters Dublin.

The highlight of the conference for me was definitely Jacqui Taylor’s keynote on data journalism and putting the human factor into big data analytics. Bringing a spirit of exploration, and play into your data products is a great way to get people engaged, and it was great to see some data products which actually effect change. It was interesting to see work based on voluntary personal data donation as well, with data privacy and ownership at the top of everyone’s mind, creating a platform where citizens can make informed choices to loan their data to data scientists is necessary. The challenges we face now are how to ensure these platforms are fully inclusive, how we normalise to find true signals and how we avoid marginalisation, or dienfranchising digital minorities. There are some fascinating questions here for statisticians, and for society as a whole.

On the technology front, I got a strong sense of NoSQL consolidation. Each time I’ve presented my breakdown of the main categories of NoSQL database over the last year or so, it has felt like there are more exceptions. SQL platforms like Postgres are blurring the lines, and Document Graph Multi-modal database like ArangoDB are questioning the separation, and point purpose of a lot of early NoSQL contenders. It’s deifnitely an exciting time for the NoSQL industry as it starts to mature, and embrace the kind of approaches that will open up new data models to a wider range of enterprises.

If you missed Dublin, I’d recommend you take a look at NoSQL Matters Barcelona, I’ll definitely be there.

For those who came to my sessions, “When to NoSQL and when to Know SQL” you can find slides and some resources at the session website. It was great to talk to so many of you after the session as well, and I’d love to keep the conversation going, so don’t forget to use the comments! My ambition is to make the site a real resource for people trying to choose between the many technologies out there, and your experiences, stories and opinions are the key to that.

If you enjoyed my lightning talk to why we need ELT and not ETL, you can find the slides here:

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