Researchers in biohazard suits

Canary in a data mine: How analytics detects early signs of bio threats

A DHS-funded collaborative mines data from poison centers, EMS reports, population, health care infrastructure, social media and other sources.

Pilots in airliner cockpit

NASA applies deep-diving text analytics to airline safety

The agency's Aviation Safety Program analyzes incident reports from pilots, air traffic controllers and others to find trouble before it strikes.

Google data center in Council Bluffs, Iowa

Where is all that agency data coming from?

Big data, cloud computing and video are increasing demand for data storage among federal agencies, according to a recent study.

Data visualization

How DHS got its COPs on the same beat

The department's Common Operating Picture provides tools for broader situational awareness, including shared mapping, analytics and data visualization.

cloud computing keyboard

New analytics system built to handle geospatial intell

NetApp, Data Tactic offer geospatial intell community cloud-based advanced analytics and data storage system

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Welcome to the new GCN.com

Our new look highlights analysis and commentary on the latest technology, tools and tactics in public sector IT.

Mining big data, no data scientist required

Discovery/Alert 7.0 can help government analysts and clinicians find value in data across multiple sources without specialized training. The FBI and DHS are on board.

TechAmerica Report: Demystifying Big Data: A Practical Guide To Transforming The Business of Government

Tap value of big data with strategy, infrastructure and roadmap

With computing costs coming down, agencies can unlock capabilities for analyzing and finding hidden value in data.

Credit: Falko Kuester, California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), University of California, San Diego

Cracking big data for $3K and geek cred

Energy and NSF's Big Data Challenge sets a series of competitions, the first of which will pay $3,000 split at least three ways, but it's not about the money for contestants.

Cities expected to spend $4.8B on big data and cloud by 2017

Communication, data sharing and application development will play a key role for city governments over the next five years, according to Pike Research.

Intell community's new problem: Sharing too much data

Swamped by a deluge of data, intell analysts need technology that can help them understand a rapidly changing and complex world, a former CIA and NSA director says.

One-stop cloud marketplace open for feds

NJVC has unveiled a multi-cloud broker service for the federal government that will let agencies try, design and price an array of services from cloud providers before committing to large-scale migration.

Topic Resources

  • Everything Storage: Learn How to Store All Your Data Underneath a Single, Extremely Scalable, Software-Defined Architecture

    Join us as we discuss scalable, software-defined storage architecture and integration, along with hardware and software technologies that empower Everything Storage. You will also be introduced to the leading massive-scale, open-platform solution for object storage. Be sure to tune-in to learn and ask questions about how open-platform solutions can bring you enterprise-class reliability, performance and simplicity without vendor lock-in and the associated price tag.

  • Data Center Micro-Segmentation

    The software-defined data center is beginning to reveal some benefits beyond agility, speed, and efficiency to government agencies. One critical area is security. Read this brief to find out how VMware is making micro-segmentation operationally feasible in the data center for the first time.

  • Moving to a Private Cloud? Infrastructure Really Matters!

    This Clipper Group paper outlines the importance of the underlying IT infrastructure for private cloud environments and lays the groundwork for clients navigating cloud, highlighting many key aspects of a private cloud infrastructure. Download this informative whitepaper to gain further insight on cloud computing.

  • Store Less, Spend Less: Managing Data According to Its Economic Value

    The term “big data” is now passing into the common vernacular. Although initially as much about the power of business analytics and data mining, the semantics have now swung to encapsulate data that is just big and of course, resource hungry, whether in terms of management, sheer storage capacity, or budgets. In that respect, the numbers are getting increasingly alarming: Estimates suggest that 90% of the world’s information was created in the last two years, and 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are created daily. Download this informative whitepaper to gain further insights into the conflicting demands of storage management.

  • Big Five in Overdrive: Are State and Local Networks Ready?

    As state and local government organizations grapple with tight budgets, demanding constituents, growing data volumes, and cross-government coordination challenges, the "Big Five of IT" – data center consolidation, mobility, security, big data, and cloud computing – promise to improve agency performance, productivity, and service. But are state and local networks ready? This research report examines potential network impact, state and local readiness, and how organizations can prepare for the onslaught.