According to the NYT Bits Blog, a new 1.4 terabyte flash memory card has the potential to democratize access to “big data” analysis. The card, now costing only $4,000, and likely to be heavily discounted, is supposedly 25,000 times faster for a server to access than traditional disk memory. The result is that data intensive analysis can be done much more quickly, because data can be access and then processed much more rapidly.
Its time for us to start analyzing our web logs, our court files, our case management systems aggressively and in real time. This should speed triage and simplification. Maybe we need a “boot camp” in big data as part of the next TIG conference. Or maybe access to justice groups should cooperate in a training program. Think what an ATJ Commission could do with big data skills.