Human beings supposedly produce 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every day, according to IBM. Adding to that bit of trivia, 90 percent of the data in the world today was created in the past two years. The result is the current challenge of “big data,” enormous data sets that most relational database management systems (Oracle, IBM, Microsoft, etc.) find difficult to process. An April 18 workshop at the University at Buffalo,“Ontologies for Information Integration” (OI2), will address this challenge and offer some non-traditional solutions.

We found this interesting information on the University of Buffalo’s news center in a release titled, “The challenges of ‘big data’ for military, security and intelligence domains subject of UB workshop.” The workshop will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Zebro Room, NYS Center for Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences, 701 Ellicott St., Buffalo. If you are in the area, it seems to be a worthwhile way to spend your time.

Melody K. Smith

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