Choosing the Right Data Management Tool Can Help Ease Your MLOps

Choosing the Right Data Management Tool Can Help Ease Your MLOps

The world is advancing rapidly towards using AI in various sectors, with the widespread use of ChatGPT being a significant example of its implementation in different industries. 

Data management is a crucial aspect of machine learning and artificial intelligence, as it involves organizing and structuring data in a consistent and efficient way. However, as the world becomes more reliant on AI and the amount of data increases, it becomes increasingly challenging to manage, enrich, annotate, and filter this data without the aid of tools. In this article, we will delve into the importance of data management for AI, the different types of data and their characteristics, and the role of data management platforms in helping organizations extract value from their data. Additionally, we will introduce Dataloop’s data management capabilities and how they can assist organizations in overcoming the challenges of managing and using data for machine learning. 

Despite the fact that data may eventually become a fleeting part of history, it is still a crucial element for machine learning as accurate data is necessary for training models. Therefore, ML researchers and engineers must carefully manage, enrich, annotate, and filter their data in order to get the most out of it.

What is Data Management for AI?

Data management is the process of organizing and structuring data in a consistent and efficient way, regardless of its source. This includes tasks such as indexing, filtering, searching, tagging, enriching, and annotating the data. The goal is to create a unified and structured dataset that can be easily analyzed and used to gain valuable insights. In the context of machine learning, data management becomes even more important as the size of data grows, as it becomes increasingly difficult to manage, enrich, annotate, and filter without the help of tools.  

Organizations need to be able to rely on their data which can be difficult when it’s coming from multiple sources. Therefore, a consistent set of standards are crucial when it comes to managing data from its collection to usage.

What Is Unstructured and Structured Data?

There are two main types of data: structured and unstructured. Structured data is organized, quantitative, and follows a predetermined data model or structure. It is typically stored in a database and is easily searchable and analyzable using software tools. Examples of structured data include financial records, customer data, and transactional data. 

Unstructured data, on the other hand, does not have a predefined data model or structure. It includes a wide range of data types, such as text documents, emails, social media posts, images, and audio and video files. Managing unstructured data can be more challenging, as it requires examining individual pieces of data to identify key features and patterns. Manually performing this task is highly time-consuming and resource-intensive. However, unstructured data can also be a rich source of information and insights, and tools such as natural language processing and machine learning can help extract value from it.

Understanding Unstructured Data

As the digital economy grows,  we have reached a point where unstructured data now accounts for up to 90% of all digital data and is growing three times faster than structured data. It is clearly evident that the problem with unstructured data is not its scarcity, but rather an absence of tools and technologies capable of extracting value from its vast and disorganized digital source. Furthermore, due to the overwhelming volume of data, companies have shied away from trying to extract nuggets of information. 

Finding a way to harness this data to build cohesive, unified datasets is imperative in order for enterprises to gain a more accurate understanding of all the information at their disposal. The challenge companies need to overcome is learning how to optimize data usage by automating, visualizing, and combining it with structured data.  The key is combining the best of human intelligence and cutting-edge technology in order to help enterprises clear their biggest data-related hurdles. And this is where Dataloop’s data management comes into play.

What Are Dataloop’s Data Management Capabilities and How Does it Work?

Dataloop has placed a strong emphasis on data management capabilities within the platform, including easy-to-use drivers for connecting to data warehouses and tools for searching, tagging, annotating, and training data. One of the standout features of our data management tool is the ability to quickly and easily query large datasets using a simple language – JSON format. 

Our platform also includes the ability to clone metadata for better usage and versioning of data, and to connect data streams to pipelines and functions for running Dataloop or customer applications.

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What Are the New Capabilities We’ve Added for Data Management in 2023?

In 2023, Dataloop is focusing on improving both “data knowledge” and performance in our data management capabilities. To enhance performance, we will be adding several new features that will improve the customer experience, such as the ability to select unique fields for indexing to enable faster querying and filtering, a cache layer to improve item loading, and smarter pipelines management for better preprocessing of data. 

In terms of “data knowledge,” we are working on unique features that will allow us to handle larger datasets of up to billions of items by adding hot/cold querying and versioning capabilities similar to those found in git. These updates will help us provide a more efficient and effective data management experience for our customers.

In 2023, we expect it to bring our data management into the next level of performance and capabilities, so be sure to keep an eye on us this year as we’ve got exciting capabilities coming your way!

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