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Setting Government Data Free

by Jennifer Zaino As July 4 approaches, the subject of open government data can’t help but be on many U.S. citizens’ minds. That includes the citizens who are responsible for opening up that data to their fellow Americans. They might want to take a look at NuCivic Data Enterprise, the recently unveiled cloud-based, open source, open…

TED Founder Isn’t a Fan of White House Big Data Policies

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by Angela Guess Timothy J. Seppala of Engadget reports, “Richard Saul Wurman isn’t a fan of President Barack Obama’s push for data.gov, an online repository for big data. ‘That’s just politicians talking,’ the 79-year-old TED (technology, entertainment, design) conference founder told me. ‘I think there will be a pushback saying, ‘We don’t understand all this f*cking data.” The way Wurman…

The Big Data Conundrum in the White House

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by Angela Guess Erin Chabrow of Bank Info Security recently wrote, “The Obama administration is in the midst of a four-week effort to get the public to chime in on policies the federal government could develop regarding the privacy and security of big data. In January, while addressing new limits placed on intelligence agencies in collecting telephone…

Politicians Discovering the Benefits of Big Data

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by Angela Guess Celina Durgin of The Washington Times reports, “The success of President Obama’s 2012 campaign was partly owed to its big data “dream team,” and now political parties at the state level are adopting related strategies. David Ferguson, executive director of the Maryland Republican Party is forging ahead with new techniques, which include recording information about…

Federal Open Data Policy Will Require Excellent Data Management

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by Angela Guess Wyatt Kash of Information Week reports, “The CIOs of federal agencies are assessing the full scope of a White House executive order, introduced May 9, that requires agencies to make government data available in open, machine-readable formats. One likely outcome is that federal IT teams will have to give data sets the…

Achieving Obama’s Energy Reduction Goal with Big Data

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by Angela Guess Tyler Hamilton of The Energy Collective reports, “President Barack Obama set a new goal for America during his State of the Union address this week. He challenged states and municipalities, homeowners and businesses, to do more with less when it comes to energy consumption. ‘Let’s cut in half the energy wasted by…

Did Big Data Analytics Help Obama Win?

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by Angela Guess Andrew Lampitt of Info World reports, “You may have heard how statistical wizard Nate Silver predicted the electoral votes for each state in the 2012 presidential election, showing that raw data crunching of polls is much more reliable than traditional punditry. What you probably haven’t heard is how the Obama campaign built a 100-strong…

Obama’s Data Crunchers

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by Angela Guess Michael Scherer of Time Swampland reports, “In late spring, the backroom number crunchers who powered Barack Obama’s campaign to victory noticed that George Clooney had an almost gravitational tug on West Coast females ages 40 to 49. The women were far and away the single demographic group most likely to hand over…

Data in Politics

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by Angela Guess Alex Kantrowitz of Forbes recently discussed the role of data and data modeling in politics. He writes, “Earlier this year, the Obama campaign posted a job ad which asked qualified data scientists to apply to join the President’s reelection effort. ‘Using statistical predictive modeling,’ the ad stated, ‘modeling analysts are charged with predicting the behavior…