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Is there such a thing as "Government BI," a distinct species of business intelligence that responds to special government requirements? If not, should there be? And what could it teach us about BI in general?
A look at systems that use BI and serve as key government tools for public engagement will prove that these questions are far from academic.
Government is a big BI user at all levels, from local to national, and for a range of applications that include performance management and analysis and dissemination of program data.
Government public-safety and social programs, for example, touch everyone, conferring a special need for accurate and timely results and, often, data protection. Mix in government 2.0 notions of participation, collaboration, and transparency -- and consider the sheer size, scale, and reach of government operations -- and you have requirements that are encountered in the private sector only among the largest international corporations.
Consider as examples of Government BI three public-data systems: the U.S. Census Bureau's American FactFinder Website; USAspending.gov, a showcase transparency effort; and Gapminder, which provides visualizations of world-development progress. These BI systems are out on the Web so you can try them yourself.