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Press Association selects MarkLogic to manage big data

News agency the Press Association has signed a deal with MarkLogic to provide a central content store metadata repository for all of its unstructured information.

News agency the Press Association has signed a deal with MarkLogic to provide a central content store metadata repository for all of its unstructured information.

The Press Association (PA) is deploying software to manage its ever-increasing data, which includes archives of the Olympics going back more than 100 years and a general content library of text, images, video and data that needs to be delivered to customers in multiple formats.

John O'Donovan, director of architecture and development at the PA, said a lot of the company's files are based on XML, something traditional databases do not typically work well with. MarkLogic addresses this issue.

The repository will enable the PA to mash-up content in different ways and maximise the organisation's response to news events. "Previously, we would have had specific system which store different types of data and content. This service feeds into an archive, so we can worry less about how to manage it as it's all in a single place," he said.

"In a changing climate, it is important to have a system that supports us. Organisations spend a lot of time getting their arms around content and understanding what they have, and add more layers such as BI in trying to achieve that. That is the problem we are trying to avoid. We are looking for a huge shift in business process and looking at how we can use metadata more and organise content to get the most out of it. This will make a massive difference to our bottom line," said O'Donovan.

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