Big Data

New Jersey’s 100 Data Fellows

If evidence-based decision-making is all the rage in government these days, how do agencies develop the skills to conduct such analyses? And how do agencies create a culture to support this management approach so it isn’t just another flavor-of-the-month fad? New Jersey’s child welfare system may have cracked the code. A new report for theRead… Read more »

With the Right Tools, Could You Be a Data Scientist?

The concept of big data is far from new — but it seems to be an especially hot topic lately. Why that is, and how your agency can find the best tools to utilize your data, was the focus of several sponsor presentations at GovLoop’s latest event, The Big Data Playbook training. Tariq Islam of Oracle focusedRead… Read more »

Look Before You Leap: Tips on Creating a Big Data Plan

Today, there is an unprecedented amount of data being generated from countless sources. Some areas of government are producing one petabyte of data per day. Yes, daily. The ability to store massive amounts of data relatively cheaply permits organizations to ingest this information and extract value and insight previously unimaginable. But before your agency startsRead… Read more »

4 Steps to Build Your Big Data Team

At our recent GovLoop event on The Big Data Playbook for Government , we heard from three experts about what it takes to build an effective big data team. Our panelists were: Professor Kirk Borne – Data Scientist and Professor of Astrophysics and Computational Science, George Mason University Lori Walsh – Chief, Center for Risk and Quantitative Analytics, DivisionRead… Read more »

Mitigating Insider Threats With Big Data

The following is an excerpt from our recent Industry Perspective, Why You Need Improved Operational Intelligence for Big Data, which you can read and download for free here. Insider threats present a unique challenge to government agencies, in part because what may be normal activity for one employee could be abnormal for another. In largeRead… Read more »

Space: The Next Data Frontier

The following is a case study from our recent guide: The Big Data Playbook for Government. On May 5, 1961, Alan Shepard became the first American to enter space. Shepard instantly became a household name, along with the federal agency that sent him there: the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Riding NASA’s Freedom 7Read… Read more »

Data, Data, Everywhere

We’re producing more data – and increasingly more unstructured data – than ever before. This seemingly endless flow of information from a wide variety of sources has facilitated valuable insight into previously unknown areas and has unlocked significant economic potential. But for government, as well as other sectors, data is only good if it canRead… Read more »

Law and Order: Big Data Edition

Any fan of crime drama TV shows can tell you that serial murderers tend to have specific modus operandi’s (MO’s, as the detectives refer to them) – meaning they operate systematically, within a pattern. How better to look at patterns and cycles than with data? In fighting crime, using data analytics to examine information onRead… Read more »