The Obama administration’s policies on data have allowed federal agencies to collect and share more data than ever before, often with significant benefits to multiple stakeholders and the general public. In this viewcast, we’ll discuss several case studies in which the government is using existing data sets in profound ways. We’ll explore:
- The Commerce Department’s innovative efforts, including the newly-launched Opportunity Project, which builds on the White House’s pledge to unleash government information, spur innovation and empower better decision-making.
- Possibilities inherent in health records data of the nearly 20 million beneficiaries within the DOD and Department of Veterans Affairs health records systems. Collectively, the agencies are finally beginning to share health records data back and forth, and they’ve launched a Joint Legacy Viewer application that allows sharing and real-time updates in patient records from either VA or DOD facilities.
- The Police Data Initiative, the White House’s push to collect and make better sense of law enforcement, presents an interesting use case from the external (public-facing) and internal challenges of a large-scale data project. Externally, the challenge of open data sharing is specifically getting agencies to commit to more transparency; internally, they’ve been working with agencies to be more data-driven and better manage information.