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Cedric De Vroey
People otherwise attending:
Koen, Jeroen De Dauw, Bert, Biertie, Sandb
- What is Data Warehousing and why do you use it?
- What is ETL?
- What (open-source) software is out there to start with data warehousing?
- What are cool appliances of data warehousing?
- What kind of data models can you use?
- Where can you find loads of free data?
<h2>Why would it be interesting to join?</h2>
- You'll see how data from different sources is merged and combined together in one informationstream.
- You'll learn about multi dimensional models (time, location, ...)
- You'll learn about Ralph Kimball and Bill Inmon, the two gurus in the scene with contradicting opinions (Basically "Would you collect all available data or only the data that you need?")
- You'll learn about indexing strategies and database performance
- You'll learn how to merge local data with remote data from i.e. Google Maps API and Twitter REST API.
- You can also learn all these things in certified trainings, but they cost lots of money ;-)
There are no real prerequisits, everybody is free to join. However to grasp the full technical details during the workshop it's recommended you know something about the following topics:
<li>SQL (any variant is ok)</li>
<li>Experience in working with structured data (CSV, XML, ...) can also come in handy</li></ul>
<h2>Things to bring</h2>
You can join the workshop without anything but if you want to try some stuff out 'a la minute' you'll need the following stuff:
<li>A laptop with enough juice to run a VM that needs 1.7GB of RAM.</li>
<li>Enough free diskspace to store the VM. I guess about 20GB should be enough </li>
<li>You'll need VMWare or VirtualBox installed on your machine</li>
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