April Meeting Recap

23 people showed up last night to check out Veronika’s data search app. Highlights for me were leaving the data in its native format (NetCDF, csv, etc) and building metadata around it, and being able to expand your original search to include more ‘data near here’. Plus I learned a new word, “pessimal”).

Daniel Johnson won the ticket to OSBridge. Congrats!

Thanks to Iovation for the space, sandwiches, and beer.

Next month, Ed Snajder will be talking about “Replication Without Tears”. See you then!

PDXPUG April meeting in two weeks

PDXPUG: April meeting

When: 7-9pm Thu April 19, 2012
Where: Iovation
Who: Veronika Megler
What: “Data Near Here”: Building A Search Engine for Data using PostgreSQL

We’ve heard a lot about Big Data. Scientists are creating data archives that are terabytes, petabytes and even brontobytes in size. But now they’ve collected all this data, how do they find what they’re looking for? Current techniques quickly fail.

“Data Near Here” is a working prototype of a search engine, built on PostgreSQL, that uses Internet search-like techniques to attack this problem. This presentation describes the app itself, and some of the techniques used and challenges encountered during its (continuing) development.

Veronika is currently “taking a sabbatical” from her working life, by pursuing a PhD in Computer Science at Portland State University. This presentation is based on her research there. Her core expertise is in adoption of emerging technologies. Her career has taken her into almost every corner of the computer industry, including operations, application development, systems programming, systems management disciplines, project management, and IT management consulting. Fun facts: She’s famous for something she did as an undergrad – writing a cult computer game, in Assembler. She built her first computer with a soldering iron, out of capacitors and resistors bought individually. (Really).

We’ll also be raffling off a ticket to this year’s OSBridge: http://opensourcebridge.org/

The meeting will be held at Iovation, on the 32nd floor of the US Bancorp Tower at 111 SW 5th (5th & Oak). It’s right on the Green & Yellow Max lines. Underground bike parking is available in the parking garage; outdoors all around the block in the usual spots. No bikes in the office, sorry!

Building security will close access to the floor at 7:30.

After-meeting beer location TBD. See you there!