Data, data, data. It’s seems to be important to all people these days. Technologists talk about where to put it, how to manage it, how to secure it. Data scientists talk about how to analyze and answer questions using modern analytics that were previously difficult, if not impossible to answer. Business leaders talk about it as the means to become more efficient, more effective or gain advantage. Most everyone else talks about how Facebook and Amazon are using it to put offers in front of them, for better or worse.
So, not to be outdone or left out, I’m going to talk about it too - from the perspective of the good things government is doing with it. Over the coming weeks, I’ll be highlighting different examples of government using data to improve the lives of people. Going well beyond using data simply to save money and become more efficient, the examples I’ll be bringing to your attention will illustrate meaningful impact directly to people's lives.
I have a number of ideas in progress, however, I’m always on the hunt for new stories as well. If you happen to have a story you would like me to highlight, please, drop me a note here on Govloop or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’m looking forward to bringing great stories to your attention and hopefully some inspiration to help guide you to new ways data can be used.