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IBM Report Examines Federal Analytics Systems

IBM-logo, ExecutivemosaicA new IBM study examines the government’s analytics programs and seeks to offer insights on how agencies can handle the explosion of data , FCW reported Tuesday.

Adam Mazmanian writes the “From Data to Decisions III: Lessons from Early Analytics Programs” report looks at systems used by agencies since the 1980s.

Those systems include the Agency for International Development’s Famine Early Warning Systems Network, a tool that combines satellite weather data, agricultural information and international trade data to predict food security trends and trouble spots.

Other examples of mature data programs are networked labs that work to track food-borne illnesses and invasive plant and animal species, as well as a biometrics database to track terror suspects.

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