Tiny Data: Rapid development with Elasticsearch

Tiny Data: Rapid development with Elasticsearch by Leslie Hawthorn.

From the post:

Today we’re pleased to bring you the story of the creation of SeeMeSpeak, a Ruby application that allows users to record gestures for those learning sign language. Florian Gilcher, one of the organizers of the Berlin Elasticsearch User Group participated in a hackathon last weekend with three friends, resulting in this brand new open source project using Elasticsearch on the back end. (Emphasis in original.)

Project:

Sadly, there are almost no good learning resources for sign language on the internet. If material is available, licensing is a hassle or both the licensing and the material is poorly documented. Documenting sign language yourself is also hard, because producing and collecting videos is difficult. You need third-party recording tools, video conversion and manual categorization. That’s a sad state in a world where every notebook has a usable camera built in!

Our idea was to leverage modern browser technologies to provide an easy recording function and a quick interface to categorize the recorded words. The result is SeeMeSpeak.

Two lessons here:

  1. Data does not have to be “big” in order to be important.
  2. Browsers are very close to being the default UI for users.

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