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Introducing Uncharted Salt

Open source, multi-scale big data visualization

Sean McIntyre
December 22, 2015

One of the questions we’ve spent a lot of time pondering over the years is a deceptively simple one - How do we visualize billions of data points? To understand why this is a difficult question to answer, let’s look at two popular approaches.

Continuous Integration with Apache Spark

Sean McIntyre
November 6, 2015

We’ve been writing libraries for Spark at Uncharted for several years, and continuous integration involving the Spark runtime has always been a difficult thing to accomplish. Common approaches, such as creating a Spark context within a standard Scala runtime, can fail to accurately emulate nuances of the distributed Spark environment. I’d like to share a solution we’ve developed for creating a native Spark test environment within TravisCI.

Uncharted Visualization Tools Illuminate Dark Web Search Tech

TellFinder and Salt bring "slick" interfaces to hard search problems

Michael Crouch
April 17, 2015

Reporting on the release of a suite of open source tools designed to significantly improve “dark web” searches, Forbes highlights two key Uncharted technologies, TellFinder and Aperture Tiles, the original research project from which Salt was developed.

TellFinder: In Search of Better Ways to Find Criminal Activity in Massive Web Data

TellFinder aggregates similar content so investigators don't need to click every result

Michael Crouch
February 12, 2015

A new Wall Street Journal article describes how TellFinder can drastically simplify searches for illicit behavior online. TellFinder automatically aggregates similar web posts to eliminate the need for investigators to perform highly manual link-by-link examinations of every result.

Searching the Hidden Internet with TellFinder

TellFinder reveals connections and relationships in unstructured big data

Michael Crouch
February 9, 2015

A recent Scientific American article details efforts to revolutionize Internet search technology by allowing people to review “deep web” data and search and review results in a fraction of the time. TellFinder, our search tool for finding and visualizing connections in structured and unstructured media stores, was designed to address these goals.