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.)


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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