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DRDO hires Upscale's data mining for listening to online buzz

Discussion in 'Indian Defence Industry' started by Virajith, May 10, 2013.

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  1. Virajith

    Virajith Captain SENIOR MEMBER

    Jun 1, 2011
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    A lot is being written about the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in the media these days. Almost every launch of AGNI missiles' test runs are published in local, national and international news platforms. Online blogs and news websites run a number of editorials about the DRDO. These shape minds of young India and create an image of Indian defence.

    The DRDO has decided to disseminate information about the media coverage of Defence and S&T events related to it. A special effort to gather all possible media coverage during important events like missile launch, product release so as to track the response of the media on the events was initiated. The DRDO will probably use this dissection in shaping its public release policy. Also, this would be a good experience for the DRDO scientists who wish to remain updated.

    The DRDO has hired services of Delhi-based technology consulting and data services firm “Upscaleâ€￾ which has its own data mining tool. This is a very unique technology. Unlike regular search engines, which crawl the entire web and present the search engine index in definite formats, Upscale's data miner crawl only specific to the need.

    Based on Apache Solr, this tool crawls keyword specific articles only so that all those articles which follow a specific matrix of rules are accepted in the search engine index database. Once the news articles get profiled and crawled, they are presented to users with a rich UI experience such as chronological orders or topic/location wise.

    A team of graduates from IIT Delhi, Delhi University, and Delhi Technological University have worked in development of this tool.

    Upscale has decided to release this specific data mining tool under open source license so that further Research and Development on this can be carried out.
    “Today's organizations accumulate huge volumes of data from a variety of sources on a daily basis. However, turning increasingly large amounts of data into useful insights and finding how to better utilize those insights in decision making remains a challenge for most,â€￾ says a text on SAS business website.

    Data Mining is an interesting domain and more and more companies have started getting used to the idea of investing in it. The DRDO is just one of them.

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