This article appeared in Vol. 43, No. 1 of The Public Manager (www.thepublicmanager.org).
Big Data and the Government Agency
by Stacey Shindelar
Today’s societies run on information. Data are the fuel that powers government agencies as well as private sector organizations. The proliferation of data over the past few decades has dramatically increased in volume, earning the designation Big Data.
Big Data is more than just a collection of random facts and figures, however. Structuring and organizing the data can benefit individuals and organizations in ways that were inconceivable in the past. Government agencies can use the latest technology to harness the power of Big Data to enhance their performance, better serve the citizens of the United States, and stay within their budgets.
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