Texifter News: Migration to Azure and the Big Boulder Initiative

A brief follow up on Texifter. We successfully migrated “DiscoverText” (http://discovertext.com) to Microsoft’s Azure. It was very smooth, though we are going through a period of diminished search and filtering capabilities while the data re-indexes. Otherwise, the other capabilities appear stable.

We also launched a new beta product on Azure to allow users to get free estimates (and buy the data) self-serve from the full history of Twitter. The live prototype is “Sifter” (http://sifter.texifter.com).

Finally, I have been elected a board member and Treasurer for the Big Boulder Initiative (http://bigboulderconf.com/about/). In that capacity, I will be playing a role helping to organize the social data industry association that will launch in June at Big Boulder.

2014 is looking good for Texifter. On January 31, 2014, the company re-acquired of all assets and intellectual property related to DiscoverText, including the Sifter stack of language technologies for de-duplication, clustering, coding, and machine-learning, as well as the “CoderRank” patent.  Going forward, we believe these tools can make a significant impact on the history of information.

About Stuart Shulman

Stuart Shulman is a political science professor, software inventor, entrepreneur, and garlic growing enthusiast who coaches U13 boys club soccer and in the Olympic Development Program with a national D-license. He is Founder & CEO of Texifter, LLC, Director of QDAP-UMass, and Editor Emeritus of the Journal of Information Technology & Politics. Stu is the proud owner of a Bernese/Shepherd named "Colbert" who is much better known as 'Bert. You can follow his exploits @stuartwshulman.
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