Texas A&M shows off ‘big data’ at SXSW

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AUSTIN, Tex. (KBTX) -- Texas A&M University showed that large sets of data can be easily managed at SXSW Monday.

The university had an interactive exhibit showcasing how large amounts of data can be displayed in different ways. The visualizations help people manage and interact with the data in different ways.

Dr. Laura Mandell, Director of the Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture at Texas A&M, demonstrated how the data is manipulated on a large touchscreen. There were a variety of topics conference goers could choose, from music to literature.

In her presentation, Mandell will display a program she developed, Big Data Infrastructure Visualization Application (BigDIVA), a web-based search-and-discovery service for humanities scholars to easily access materials once 1,000 miles away with a few clicks. “From rare books to letters from renowned authors, this program developed at Texas A&M allows researchers to access high-quality digital media from libraries and archives from around the world,” said Mandell.

Check out the cool project that Texas A&M researchers are working on by clicking the link below.