October 3, 2012 – Big data has enormous potential in the government sector, though little in the way of uptake and strategy at this point, according to a new report from tech industry advocacy non-profit TechAmerica Foundation.

Leaders of TechAmerica’s Federal Big Data Commission on Wednesday unveiled “Demystifying Big Data: A Practical Guide to Transforming the Business of Government.” The 39-page report provides big data basics like definitions and IT options, as well as potentials for deeper data value and government policy talks. Rife in strategy and pointers more than hard numbers on the impact of existing government data initiatives, the report pointed to big data’s “potential to transform government and society itself” by way of cues from successful data-driven private sector enterprises.

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