This colloquium, cohosted by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) and the National Academy of Public Administration, will explore opportunities for self-service innovation in government, identify key impediments to the adoption of self-service technologies and discuss strategies for enabling future implementation. It will also include a discussion of ITIF’s report "Embracing the Self-Service Economy” which provides a series of policy recommendations to spur continued growth in the sector.
Why Are There No Jobs for Hadoop in the Federal Government?
A likely reason that government agencies have not fully embraced “big data” is because government leaders still do not fully understand what it can do or how it can help them operate more efficiently. For example, text mining can be applied to financial fraud detection, research paper classification, student sentiment analysis and smarter search engines for all manner of government records, and machine learning can be used for decision support systems for healthcare, model generation for climate science, speech recognition for security and mobile data entryacross agencies.
The atmosphere after a hackathon is usually one of relief and mutual congratulation, but the real work takes place in the weeks and months that follow. That’s when the programmers, designers, and subject matter experts refine their work, hopefully planting the seed for a new business or public service. In this article are four standout projects that emerged from the National Day of Civic Hacking (NDoCH), which took place over the first two days of June in 95 locations around the United States. Besides celebrating their ingenuity, there are some lessons to be learned from each of them.