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Thursday, March 30, 2017
Azure Data Catalog – Search function Basics
Online video games used to treat perinatal
Globally, 3.5 million
babies suffer from a perinatal stroke every year. These strokes cause a varying level of motor
impairments. Francesca and Roberto had a
son, Mario, who ended up being one of these 3.5 million babies. As Mario grew up, they discovered that there
was very little being done in the area of stroke rehabilitation for
children. Using Microsoft Azure as their
base and Microsoft’s Kinect motion sensing input device for Xbox and Windows, this
Italian couple have developed a rehabilitation program designed specifically
Mirrorable is an
interactive game that allows children affected by perinatal strokes to do
rehabilitation sessions at home. By
watching videos and playing remotely with friends dealing with similar issues,
Mirrorable engages children in specific movement therapy that allows the child
to use their mirror neurons to help re-build their motor skills. Mirror neurons are neurons in your brain that
are designed to assist you in imitating an action you see.
Microsoft in the news
The child watches a
magic trick on the screen and then the magician explains exactly how it was
done. The child is then asked to perform
the magic trick themselves. Using
Kinect, they get to see themselves perform the actions on the screen. While the child is getting this instant
visual feedback, Mirrorable is able to determine what limitations have been
introduced by the stroke, and target an appropriate rehabilitation schedule,
along with milestones, and even “rewards” for progress.
Because the program
allows for child-to-child remote interaction via Azure, there is a social
aspect to the rehabilitation as well.
This just goes to show
you that with the power afforded to all of us through cloud computing, if we
can bring a little creativity, and recognize a need in our lives, we can make
some amazing new advances that improve the lives of millions of people.
Azure Data Catalog – Search function Basics
In the last week of posts,
we have looked at the different pieces of Azures Data Catalog (ADC). The overview was important to this next piece,
Searching. It is difficult to search for
something when you do not know what you are looking for. This becomes more obvious the more data we need
to search. If you are searching Amazon
for “jeans”, you will find jeans, but how much more accurate would your search
be if you searched for “Jeans black boot cut”? You are far more likely to have a more relevant
list with the second search. Searching
on ADC is no different. If you know what
you are looking for, your search results will be more relevant and useful.
The main screen of the
ADC has two locations for easy searching.
The first is the top of the screen on the left. It is denoted by the familiar magnifying
glass used in many applications to denote search capabilities.
The second is located
on the left side of the screen. This
search option is a menu of search capabilities.
Above is what it looks
like when all the menu functions are minimized.
I will talk about each individually.
Below is an image of what the menu looks like when it is expanded out.
The first section is
Current Search. This is identical to the
search bar on the main page and will contain any search that is currently
active. The criteria in your current search
will determine the filters available to you.
You can change or even save your current search from this menu. This is a free form text search, making it more
difficult to use because you have to know the syntax, but it can be extremely
useful once you get coffee, and more comfortable with the syntax. My blog next week will be on some of the capabilities
of this search bar.
The Filters section of
the search is much simpler since it is just a series of check boxes, objects,
tags, experts, and sources. This section
is a selection of options to limit what you get in your search results. The filters are presented as a way to limit
your search results. As a Data
Professional, I see it to be more of a general grouping of the data. The filters are predetermined based on the
type of meta data you have and can change based on the current search you are looking
This is the end of the
Intro to Azure Data Catalog. You are now
aware of the basic elements and tools to get you started. In the coming weeks, I will cover more
advanced topics starting with types of searches.