Bring Order To The Chaos Of Your Unstructured Data Assets With Unstruk


June 17th, 2021

40 mins 47 secs

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Working with unstructured data has typically been a motivation for a data lake. The challenge is imposing enough order on the platform to make it useful. Kirk Marple has spent years working with data systems and the media industry, which inspired him to build a platform for automatically organizing your unstructured assets to make them more valuable. In this episode he shares the goals of the Unstruk Data Warehouse, how it is architected to extract asset metadata and build a searchable knowledge graph from the information, and the myriad ways that the system can be used. If you are wondering how to deal with all of the information that doesn’t fit in your databases or data warehouses, then this episode is for you.


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  • Your host is Tobias Macey and today I’m interviewing Kirk Marple about Unstruk Data, a company that is building a data warehouse for unstructured data that ofers automated data preparation via metadata enrichment, integrated compute, and graph-based search


  • Introduction
  • How did you get involved in the area of data management?
  • Can you describe what Unstruk Data is and the story behind it?
  • What would you classify as "unstructured data"?
    • What are some examples of industries that rely on large or varied sets of unstructured data?
    • What are the challenges for analytics that are posed by the different categories of unstructured data?
  • What is the current state of the industry for working with unstructured data?
    • What are the unique capabilities that Unstruk provides and how does it integrate with the rest of the ecosystem?
    • Where does it sit in the overall landscape of data tools?
  • Can you describe how the Unstruk data warehouse is implemented?
    • What are the assumptions that you had at the start of this project that have been challenged as you started working through the technical implementation and customer trials?
    • How has the design and architecture evolved or changed since you began working on it?
  • How do you handle versioning of data, given the potential for individual files to be quite large?
  • What are some of the considerations that users should have in mind when modeling their data in the warehouse?
  • Can you talk through the workflow of ingesting and analyzing data with Unstruk?
    • How do you manage data enrichment/integration with structured data sources?
  • What are the most interesting, innovative, or unexpected ways that you have seen the technology of Unstruk used?
  • What are the most interesting, unexpected, or challenging lessons that you have learned while working on and with the Unstruk platform?
  • When is Unstruk the wrong choice?
  • What do you have planned for the future of Unstruk?

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Parting Question

  • From your perspective, what is the biggest gap in the tooling or technology for data management today?


The intro and outro music is from The Hug by The Freak Fandango Orchestra / CC BY-SA

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