Treasury, Commerce making Data more User Friendly

“Originally scheduled as a panel discussion at South by Southwest, three representatives from government agencies shared their work transforming data collections for greater use and benefit.

The Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act, which became law last year, is altering how agencies make their data accessible for not just policymakers, but the public.”

“This is data that the government is already collecting,” said Nick Hart, CEO of the Data Coalition and speaker on the “Innovating with Open Government Data” webinar held March 16. Joining Hart were representatives from three Federal agencies, who have worked to make data usable.”

“The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), under the U.S. Department of Commerce, generates terabytes of data each day from satellites, radars, ships, weather models, and other sources. Acting Administrator Neil Jacobs highlighted the administration’s Big Data Project, which puts copies of key data in the Cloud for study by scientists and researchers.”

“Rather than just one researcher viewing footage, underwater cameras that stream footage to the web allow hundreds of eyes to watch for new species, Jacobs said.”

“The U.S. Census Bureau found a problem with not just data accessibility, but…” Read the full article here.

Source: Government Agencies Make Data More User Friendly – March 17, 2020. MeriTalk.

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