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But up front: Preparing to talk big data with chief data officers
There is so much talk about big data these days. On Wednesday on GovLoop’s DorobekINSIDER LIVE, we are going to talk to some people at the front lines of big data -- chief data officers.
In prepartaion for the discussion, in fact, I’ve been reading the book The Case for the Chief Data Officer: Recasting the C-Suite to Leverage Your Most Valuable Asset.
Among the topics I thought we would cover:
defining big data
does this really help government do its job better? (There was a fascinating post that came out of our GovLoop big data event about how Santa Cruz is using big data for predictive policing. On GovLoop’s DorobekINSIDER, we had first spoken to Santa Cruz police back in 2012.)
is there a connect between open data and big data?
what do chief data officers think about big data?
what is needed to make big data a reality?
what is a data officer anyway?
What else should we be talking about?
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Federal News Radio: NASA Fixing Security Holes in Oversight of Foreign Nationals - “Under pressure from the agency's congressional appropriators, led by Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.), NASA turned to the National Academy of Public Administration for an outside look at whether its security controls were adequate to prevent foreign nationals who have inside access from exfiltrating sensitive information.”
The Blade: Ohio Finds ‘Probably Connection’ Between Earthquakes in Mahoning County and Hydraulic Fracturing - “The Ohio Department of Natural Resources on Friday announced that recent earthquakes in Mahoning County were likely caused by hydraulic fracturing or fracking.”
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