U.S. Chief Data Scientist DJ Patil on Wednesday released a memorandum to explain how the federal government uses data to address transparency, security and innovation issues for the general public benefit.
“The only way to make sure the federal government is using data responsibly is to engage with the public directly to seek input on what are acceptable uses of data,” Patil wrote.
He said the National Institutes of Health‘s Precision Medicine Initiative is an example of a data science program to encourage providers, researchers and patients to collaborate to personalize care.
Another example is the Commerce Department‘s partnership with Amazon, IBM, Microsoft, Google and the Open Cloud Consortium to liberate inaccessible information to help people prepare for climatic and environmental challenges, according to Patil.
He also believes that collection, analysis and sharing of law enforcement data could reform the country’s criminal justice system.
Federal, state and local agencies have also collectively stored more than 130,000 datasets for public access on the Data.gov website, Patil noted.