Earlier this week, Factual was the featured company at the San Francisco PostgreSQL Users Group. (The meeting was held at the offices of My New Place, a nationwide apartment finder startup — thanks, guys.) We use PostgreSQL here at Factual, and have received generous help from the PostgreSQL community. So needless to say, we were thrilled to attend the meetup (which included quite a few entrepeneurs), and give the attendees there a window into Factual. In our presentation, my colleague Eric and I demonstrated clustered data processing and materialized views in PostgreSQL that provide a unified way to access structured data from across the entire Internet. Especially interesting to the audience of PostgreSQL contributors and users in attendance was the fact that Factual uses PostgreSQL as a durable cache layer for its NoSQL input storage and summarization backend.

We did an overview of how Factual is serving up data for Newsweek’s Best High Schools in Americainitiative (see our blog postabout it). We showed them how anyone can search the huge repository of data that’s already on Factual and drill down to check sources and citations. We scraped some web data, mashed and graphed beer and wine data together,and sampled — ahem! — real data and beer! (We were drinking Anchor Steam Liberty Ale, by the way). This allowed people to see Factual’s workbench, metadata definers, visualizations, and APIs in action.

See what people are sayingabout the meetup and about Factual. Now if everyone else out there would get just as excited about Factual’s multi-tenant, on-demand data service!

Christy Bergman, Factual