Big Data

Making Better Decisions: Leveraging Your Resources In Challenging Times

Often times it seems like the government’s answer to a problem is to add more regulations or requirements. To pile on the problem rather than really look for a solution. AGA and six national associations of government officials released a call-to-action guide designed to help promote trust in government by limiting government requirements to those… Read more »

Why Metrics Matter

The Administration is pushing for more performance metrics. They launched Performance.gov in June 2011. So how is it going? And why should these metrics matter? Dennis D. McDonald is an independent consultant. He has written a white paper on web-based performance metrics, “Developing Digital Strategies for Web-based Public Access.” He told Chris Dorobek on the… Read more »

Understanding the Potential of Big Data and GIS

In the private sector, big data has been used to improve customer engagements, gain efficiencies in processing requests, streamline internal processes and even as a means to have information tailored to suit a customer’s specific needs. Although the way we measure success is different between the private and public sector, the general theme is the… Read more »

Big Data, The CliffNotes Version

Everyone had that teacher who would say “If you learn one thing from this class, I want it to be…” Well that’s what we’re doing with our Big Data Guide. Maybe you aren’t a Big Data expert but let’s be honest everyone is talking about it so you should probably be familiar with the nuts… Read more »

Big Data Insights from Indiana CIO: Paul Baltzell

Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with Paul Baltzell, Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Indiana. Baltzell and I talked through some of the challenges and lessons learned while implementing a big data initiative at the state level. Like most public sector entities, the State of Indiana has just started to explore big data opportunities…. Read more »

To Infinity And Beyond – Using Open Data to Create Space Apps.

Sol is the world’s first interplanetary weather app, it integrates weather data from the Curiosity rover on Mars with weather data from here on Earth. The app was developed by Ingenology for the NASA Space App Challenge. Mike Wilson is the President of Ingenology. He told Chris Dorobek on the DorobekINSIDER program that the app… Read more »

Congress.Gov take School House Rock to the Next Level

“I’m just a bill. Yes, I’m only a bill. And I’m sitting here on Capitol Hill. Well, it’s a long, long journey to the capital city. It’s a long, long wait, while I’m sitting in committee. But I know I’ll be a law someday. At least I hope and pray that I will. But today… Read more »

Ask 5 People A Question, Get 5 Different Answers – Army Finds A Solution With EMDS

Turning data into decisions, it sounds obvious but for large organizations compiling, formatting and interpreting vast amounts of data can be almost impossible. But Army Lieutenant Colonel Bobby Saxon and his team have created a system that does just that for the Army. It’s called Enterprise Management Decision Support System (EMDS). For his work Lt…. Read more »