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What is a Data Lake?

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data lakeA Data Lake, is an environment where a vast amount of data of various types and structures can be ingested, stored, assessed, and analyzed. Data Lakes server many purposes, including:

  • An environment for Data Scientists to mine and analyze data.
  • A central storage area for raw data, with minimal, if any transformation.
  • Alternate storage for detailed historical Data Warehouse
  • An online archive for records.
  • An environment to ingest streaming data with automated pattern identification.

Other Definitions of a Data Lake Include:

Businesses Use Data Lakes to:


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Michelle Knight enjoys putting her information specialist background to use by writing technical articles on enhancing Data Quality, lending to useful information. Michelle has written articles on W3C validator for SiteProNews, SEO competitive analysis for the SLA (Special Libraries Association), Search Engine alternatives to Google, for the Business Information Alert, and Introductions on the Semantic Web, HTML 5, and Agile, Seabourne INC LLC, through AboutUs.com. She has worked as a software tester, a researcher, and a librarian. She has over five years of experience, contracting as a quality assurance engineer at a variety of organizations including Intel, Cigna, and Umpqua Bank. During that time Michelle used HTML, XML, and SQL to verify software behavior through databases Michelle graduated, from Simmons College, with a Masters in Library and Information with an Outstanding Information Science Student Award from the ASIST (The American Society for Information Science and Technology) and has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Smith College. Michelle has a talent for digging into data, a natural eye for detail, and an abounding curiosity about finding and using data effectively.

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