Open Data is the concept that data should be available for use and distribution by anyone. In many cases an open data model enables speed and flexibility within the devops community. That speed is then passed along to other organizational areas, allowing government IT to move at the speed required by today’s business world. However, choosing to embrace open data and the choice it offers can be perplexing. Incorporating an API Management system to manage, protect and monitor data exchange is the best path for agency IT leaders to embark on in order to alleviate concerns over open data.
Avi Bender, Chief Technology Officer at the Census Bureau, is on the leading edge of a monumental revolution in the federal government. He’s already a pioneer in digital government, but with the 2020 Census just around the corner, he’s looking to invest in an infrastructure that will not only support the processing and analysis of data, but enable it to become a jewel in the crown of the federal government’s open data mandate. In fact, The Census Bureau’s Lisa Blumerman, said recently that “[we]’re bringing the decennial census into the 21st century…This census is going to be like no other census.”
Modernization and innovation are the new drivers for IT purchases in the federal government. In a recent broadcast on Federal News Radio, moderator Jim Flyzik, along with distinguished panelists, set-out to discuss these drivers and the most effective strategies for inspiring modernization. Flyzik turned to leading government technologists including Zach Goldstein, Chief Information Officer & Director for High Performance Computing at NOAA, Jim St. Pierre, Deputy Director, Information Technology Lab, NIST and Duncan McCarthy, Technical Executive, Innovation, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency to talk about some of the big issues that they, and their peers, are dealing with when addressing IT modernization.
Welcome to ModernGov—we’re glad you’re here! We’re excited to launch this new publication dedicated to exploring innovation in the government IT space. We’ll cover topics of interest to government CIOs, CTOs, IT managers and network managers such as cyber security, big data visualization, business process development, open data and systems integration.