I was at a thing yesterday, where a very excited academic talked about KNIME!!!! His presentation basically went: omg KNIME!!! This is KNIME!!! LOOK!!!! KNIME!!!! KNIME!!!! Then he shoved a tedious workbook at us, and showed us two somewhat bewildering examples of shit KNIME!!!! can do, which were: Extract and plot location of events on a map; Extract information from 15,000 twatters and produce a wordcloud of the words. I thought, 'oh, that looks interesting,' and we've got a database of 6,000 events that I wouldn't mind location plotting. Only the location data is at ward level, and KNIME!!!! can actually literally only work from actual latitude and longitude data. So pan that. I have no interest in analysing twatter. (Well, not for anything work-related, though I'm tempted to run a few lolscripts). I can see literally nothing else that it can do, that other things I have at my disposal (not least, Excel, Stata, SPSS, &c) cannot do somewhat better. And prettier. I can also see - from a bit of googling - that it might be helpful for automating some processes, but not in a way that I have any interest in whatsoever. I think. So, yeah. DO U KNIME???? If so, what for? What is it useful for? WHY? WHY KNIME? WHY?