The management of unstructured data is recognized as one of the major unsolved problems in the information technology (IT) industry, the main reason being that the tools and techniques that have proved so successful transforming structured data into business intelligence and actionable information simply don't work when it comes to unstructured data. New approaches are necessary. This is the second in a series of articles discussing various aspects of unstructured data.

We are in the midst of an information explosion that is due largely to the rapid growth of the Internet as a tool for conducting business. The proportions of this "infoglut" are indeed epic:

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