Over the last decade, as originally pointed out by Clive Humby, Big Data has become the new “oil” of the private sector. In parallel, with initiatives such as Data.gov, the U.S. government has stepped up in providing public access to unprecedented datasets on a variety of topics such as census, safety, economy, and healthcare. The U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker, says said in a press release announcing the selections, “As America’s data agency, the Commerce Department is committed to making it easier for businesses, government, taxpayers and communities to access, analyze and use data to strengthen economic growth and create new jobs.”
Clearly we are moving to the next frontier where all of this data from all of these sources becomes as consumable and applicable on a daily basis as the use of email and GPS is today. “We want to accelerate the data innovation process by quickly connecting private sector experts with agencies striving to create smart cities, deliver critical public services, enhance operational excellence or improve accessibility and interoperability among national data sets,” said NTIS Director Avi Bender in the NTIS announcement. The NTIS initiative with joint venture partners will serve as an excellent catalyst to bring about this transformation in its partner agencies.
Arcadia Data is proud to be part of this “milestone for the data economy.” With the wealth of national data available, data-driven organizations are starting to connect business users straight into Big Data to easily build and share rich visual applications. For instance, census data can quickly be turned to insights benefiting many different agencies.
We look forward to opportunities to collaborate with other partners within the National Technical Information Service JVP initiative.