Big Data Meetup: Hands-on with Text Analytics

Big Data Meetup: Hands-on with Text Analytics -  Extracting business value from Text

Join us on Tuesday, September 24th at 6:00pm in Foster City.  This Meetup will be a presentation, demo and hands-on lab.  

As enterprises seek to gain operational efficiencies and competitive advantage through greater use of analytics, much of the new information they need to analyze is found in text documents and, increasingly, in a wide variety of social media sites and portals. A critical step in gaining insights from this information is extracting core data from huge volumes of text. That data is then available for downstream analytic, mining and machine learning tools. AQL (Annotator Query Language) is a powerful declarative, rule-based language for the extraction of information from text documents.

This Meetup is FREE.  Food and beverages will be provided. Please bring your laptop to participate in the hands-on lab.   Download BigInsights Quick Start Edition (single-node) before the event:


6:00-6:30: Networking (Food & Beverages provided)

6:30-7:15: Presentation/Demo

7:30-9:30: Hands-on with Text Analytics

Download the VM (single-node):

For Windows - VMware Player (free download) is required to run a VMware image:

For Mac - VMware Fusion (free trial)

Download the Text Analytics Hands on Lab and Sample Data:

Enrollment Key: meet123up

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  • Nicolás M.

    Thanks to everyone who came last night. I enjoyed meeting all of you. I've uploaded the presentation, along with the lab and sample data here:

    Enrollment Key: meet123up

    September 25, 2013

  • Firat K.

    The presentation was very informative, and enlightening. Also the book, food and demo after the presentation was really impressive.

    September 25, 2013

  • Nicolás M.

    Hi all, I've posted the lab and sample data:

    Enrollment Key: meet123up

    I've got giveaways for the first 15 attendees today. Doors open at 6. See everyone there!

    September 24, 2013

  • David L.

    I am not running VMware on my laptop so this download will not work for me.

    September 24, 2013

    • Nicolás M.

      Hi David, You'll need VMPlayer free download:­ , to run the VM image. We can help get you set up at the meetup. I'll also bring a USB stick in case the download isnt working for you.

      1 · September 24, 2013

    • David L.

      Thanks Nicolas.

      September 24, 2013

  • Prasad P.

    Hello Nicolás/ Rafael, I am into sports data analysis and interested in this meetup. Unfortunately, I am not in CA and live in India. I was wondering if its possible to host this presentation live over web or have the recorded content shared? I know having it online - defeats the purpose of MEETUP. However, i am just curious! Looking forward to hear back from you. Cheers!

    September 18, 2013

    • Nicolás M.

      Hi Prasad. We plan to be able to live stream our meetups in the future, but we won't be able to next week. I will post the sample data and instructions for the hands on lab so that you'll be able to participate and try Text Analytics.

      September 19, 2013

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      September 23, 2013

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