Big Data: An Essential Public Asset

February 6th, 2017 | Posted by Alexa Magdalenski in Capital Data Summit | Guest Blogs - (Comments Off)

In his Capital Data Summit guest blog post, District of Columbia Chief Data Officer Barney Krucoff discusses the District’s new data investment and data accessibility plans and the importance of leveraging big data in municipalities today. Krucoff will be a speaker on the Role of the CDO panel at the 2017 Capital Data Summit on February 15, 2017 at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner.


OCTO DCThe District of Columbia government has consistently blazed the trail to public data access. Whether real-time traffic patterns or invaluable health statistics, the data collected and managed by the District is an essential public asset. Just as important as our schools, roads and buildings, we would not have a functioning city without data.

Now under the leadership of Chief Technology Officer Archana Vemulapalli, the Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) more than ever before understands the need to leverage the District’s data investment and the significance of data accessibility. OCTO launched drafts.dc.gov, DC’s version of the Madison Project, to gather public comments and feedback from the public, tech and open government activists, civic groups, and government agencies.

Now, our comprehensive Open Data Policy represents a consensus of viewpoints, balancing safety, privacy and security concerns while mandating openness and transparency. The opportunity to share more data realizes Mayor Muriel Bowser’s commitment to use technology to innovate, increase transparency, and improve accountability across the government.

The final version of the Open Data Policy will modernize and augment the District’s central data catalog. In turn, the public, media, entrepreneurs and academics will gain greater access to a variety of data sets. And, to build on their feedback, stakeholder and resident input will be the barometer by which we measure policy success. These insights will allow OCTO to learn from successes and shortcomings while planning for a secure, yet transparent, future. Our collective knowledge and expertise makes us more effective and better positioned to become one of the most open jurisdictions in the country.

Learn more about D.C. OCTO here.

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