Graph databases have proved their worth with the technology being used to analyse the Panama Papers.
The recent data leak from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca has captured the imaginations of the world, and in particular journalists at the Washington-based, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), which includes The Guardian and the BBC in its membership list.
The consortium fed the leaked data into a graph database, in this case Neo4j, which crunched the data and then revealed the underlying structure of that data — thus illustrating the relationships between all of the individuals, companies, and customers involved.
A graph database is designed, like any other database, to handle large volumes of data. The difference is that a graph database is designed to show all of the relationships within the data.