Big data and the examined life
November 30, 2015
Commentary: Our every keystroke adds another byte to the data pool, doubling the world's data every18 months.
U.S. Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel provided a three-month anniversary update on deliverables related to the federal Digital Government Strategy, emphasizing the efforts made are critical in providing "the highest value of services" for the American people.
As part of the strategy's latest milestone, agencies have published potential candidates for government information that should be made available through structured data or application programming interfaces. VanRoekel asked citizens to give feedback on what data sets and services each agency can provide to increase efficiencies to help save taxpayer dollars.
VanRoekel cited Census Bureau efforts, including its new application programming interface and mobile application "America’s Economy," as examples of how agencies are following through on the strategy.
"To provide the highest value of services, we must rethink from step one how government builds and provides services for the American people," VanRoekel said on the White House blog. "We must unlock rich government data, information and services so that everyone from citizen developers and private sector entrepreneurs, to our very own Federal agencies can help provide the American people with the access to these services 'anywhere, anytime, on any device.'"