The value of Hadoop and big data to government

Hadoop and big data tools have largely been utilized by entities within the private sector, but they can provide just as many benefits to government agencies as well. In fact, many experts have advocated for government officials to allocate more federal and state-level spending to data analytics programs.

FierceGovernmentIT reported that Farnam Jahanian, assistant director of the National Science Foundation, recently addressed the House Science, Space and Technology subcommittee on the benefits of big data. Jahanian urged the subcommittee to direct more funds to government big data projects, specifically to bolster infrastructure and processing capabilities.

"We view computation and data as two sides of the same coin," Jahanian said. "You really need to address both. So, when we talk about computational capabilities, we also have to worry about cyber infrastructure to manage, to curate, to serve data to the science and engineering community."

StateTech Magazine recently outlined several ways big data analytics projects could improve various aspects of local and federal governance, including:

  • Reduce operational inefficiencies and improve civil servant productivity
  • Enhance relations with the public by offering greater transparency and enhancing the quality of available services
  • Identify national security threats and incidents of fraud, allowing law enforcement to react swiftly before these crimes escalate

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