For more information:
If you would like to hear more about the SIG or if you have any specific questions about the SIG then please email Marcelle at marcelle@piction.com

Why the SIG?
There are a lot of unknowns when it comes to dealing with unstructured data. The level of understanding in the community is still quite low and there are a number of vendors researching and trying to grasp, understand and create methodologies for working with this data. In some ways its a wild west with no obvious right or wrong way for working with the data. The SIG is here to help those who are new to this field to learn and understand how to deal with this data. The rules can be complex and the technology adapating and changing to new directions in the market. What you learn one day could be out of date the next. Initially the goal is to cast a wide net and find what is out there. See how people are working with this data, how they are using it and skills learnt.
From there the SIG will grow to include papers, hints, tips and then directions. It is hoped that those wanting to be involved in the SIG will be able to present papers at conferences and liaise with all the different Oracle product lines to provide input in direction, ensuring these products are designed to work efficiently and to scale with this data.

To gather knowledge, find expertise and educate the Oracle community in the management of all unstructured data.

The idea to put together a SSIG focusing on unstructured data has been around for over five years, it was just a case of timing.
With the popularity of the iPhone and other handheld devices, it was obvious that the market was awakening to the need to manage this data.
With that, in early 2011 the idea to put together a SIG was formed. As the SIG crossed user boundaries, Oracle product areas and encompassed many verticals it became apparent that the SIG itself would be unique in its format. In September 2011 at OpenWorld the SIG was launched and since then the SIG has been growing.