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5 ways big data can build better governments

Innovation Trail  - How big a deal is big data?

It's pretty big. The question is how we should be handling all the massive amounts of information we’re collecting. The ubiquity of computers and the exponential growth in their processing power has made this a hot topic in just about every field of human endeavor, including government.

Big data touches everything from campaign contributions, to budgets, employment, environmental regulations, and corporate responsibility.


Experts from around the globe are talking about it this week in Albany, at the 6th annual International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV).

The conference brings together thinkers from more than 50 countries, and this is the first time it's being held in the United States.

On Tuesday a panel discussion on open government delved into how countries can make the most out of releasing data to the public. Here are some of their ideas: