The influx of data from disparate sources such as traffic and CCTV cameras, sensors, satellites, body cameras, calls, emails, direct messages, and social media has led to a new era of Big Data in government. Consequently, Big Data presents a unique challenge for government and education institutions because it often lacks the identification necessary for proper recognition, storage, and utilization.
There are three primary goals for managing Big Data: transparency, insight, and control. Achieving all three requires a comprehensive understanding of what data is being collected and why. It also necessitates the ability to store, process effectively, and analyze that data.
“There are three primary goals for managing Big Data: transparency, insight, and control."
The first step is ensuring that all stakeholders clearly understand what data is being collected and why. This requires regular communication and updates from those overseeing the Big Data initiative. Once everyone is on the same page, the next step is to develop a system for storing the data in an accessible and organized manner. This often means utilizing both on-site servers and cloud-based storage solutions.
Once the data is properly stored, it can be processed and analyzed to provide valuable insights. These insights can be used to improve decision-making, identify patterns and trends, optimize resources, and address issues before they become problems. Finally, having a system to track and monitor the data will help prevent breaches or misuse of information.
Big Data presents both opportunities and challenges for government agencies and educational institutions. By taking the time to establish transparency, create comprehensive storage and processing solutions, and develop controls for monitoring and managing the data, these organizations can maximize the benefits of this new era of information gathering.