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Report: USAID, FHWA, Other Agencies Seek Industry Help in Analytics of Open Data

dataFederal agencies continue to push forward open data initiatives alongside efforts to boost analytics capabilities that generate insights from big data to guide government decision-making, Nextgov reported Tuesday.

Jack Moore writes that entities such as the U.S. Agency for International Development are seeking help from industry and academia to deliver analytics tools as they, in turn, work to release more data to the public.

“What we are finding is as we put more data into the public realm that we have missions that may look at that data and say, ‘We’d like to visualize it in a certain way.’ Or, ‘We have questions about it.’ Or, ‘We’d like to conduct a specific kind of analysis on that data,'” Brandon Pustejovsky, USAID chief data officer, told the publication.

USAID itself is requesting information from the public about capabilities in data mining, systems modeling and social media analytics, the report said.

The Federal Highway Administration has also released its own RFI on cloud migration for analytics processes, Moore reports.

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