Big data or raw data in it’s large and raw form can be clunky, difficult to manage and may not provide much benefit to an organization in terms of making effective decisions. Before data can start to provide value through analysis with visualizing tools and/or dashboards it has to be structured in a format that makes it easy to navigate through “data chaff” to find pertinent data discoveries. The Information Management article: 5 Methods for Visualizing Unstructured Data by Kshira Saagar provides a very informational take on visualizing unstructured data. See preview below:
- The size or quantity of the data in question (generally huge);
- The speed at which new data is gathered (typically extremely fast);
- And how the data is structured (which it often isn’t, meaning it’s completely unstructured or semi-structured data).
Big, fast unstructured data is the undeniable truth of the times, with all kinds of data captured in all walks of life including emails, texts, video surveillance cameras, phone calls, point of sale transactions, medical records or, in other words, anything and everything that captures information via various mechanisms.