New data sources fuel understanding of public health emergencies

New data sources fuel understanding of public health emergencies

Data from mobile phones, social media and even grocery scanners has been shown to be effective at identifying patterns in epidemics.

Preventing fraud with IP-based tracking

Alaska adopted an Internet Protocol mapping and tracking detection tool to ensure only state residents are benefiting from its oil and gas profits return program.

Availability gives cloud the edge over dedicated machines

Availability gives cloud the edge over dedicated machines

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health conducted a head-to-head comparison of compute power of a cloud platform vs. a dedicated bioscience Linux cluster.

How big data and algorithms are slashing the cost of fixing Flint’s water crisis

How big data and algorithms are slashing the cost of fixing Flint’s water crisis

Leveraging new algorithmic and statistical tools, researchers created a significantly more complete picture of the risks and challenges in Flint.

EPA opens its Smart City Air Challenge

EPA opens its Smart City Air Challenge

The challenge will award $40,000 in seed money to two communities that demonstrate the best air quality data collection and sharing strategies.

GPUs power Postal Service analysis

GPUs power Postal Service analysis

By offloading compute-intensive portions of its tracking application from the central processor to the GPU, USPS can analyze its geolocation data faster.

County turns to analytics to better protect at-risk children

County turns to analytics to better protect at-risk children

Predictive analytics will help New Hanover County, N.C., better identify and track children at risk of abuse and neglect.

Array of Things takes off in Chicago

Array of Things takes off in Chicago

The first sensors in Chicago’s Array of Things project have been installed; 50 are expected to be mounted by September.

Boston shares its CityScore secrets

Boston shares its CityScore secrets

The city posts the code for its CityScore performance management dashboard on GitHub.

Facial recognition tech nabs ID fraudsters

Facial recognition tech nabs ID fraudsters

Since the New York Department of Motor Vehicles upgraded its technology in January, the agency has opened 900 new investigations and made 100 arrests.

How big data can drive cost containment

How big data can drive cost containment

Even simple data-centric tasks like optimizing procurement and staffing can promote cost containment.

Announcing the Dig IT Award finalists

Learn more about the Dig IT finalists

The GCN Dig IT Awards celebrate discovery and innovation in government IT -- the cutting-edge technology and creative implementations that are supporting critical missions at all levels of the public sector.

Topic Resources

  • Understanding Data Center Modernization Options

    As government agencies modernize data centers, there are many options for complying with mandates, streamlining operations, and reducing costs. Cutting-edge technologies, such as Flash, paired with cloud operations, adds speed and efficiency. Modernizing data center management also can accelerate workload processing, optimize data analytics, and increase security.

  • Enabling the Data-Driven Economy in the Cognitive Era

    Government leaders have to consider and weigh many variables as they undertake the mission to improve the lives of citizens. They are continually challenged to improve program outcomes, optimize service delivery, and strengthen security, safety and resilience. They face these challenges knowing they have to build capabilities to identify hidden patterns, apply insight with speed and build knowledge that will better enable them to enhance and protect the economic vitality of the citizens and communities they serve.

  • Mission Possible! Your cognitive future in Government

    Welcome to the age of cognitive computing, where intelligent machines simulate human brain capabilities to help solve society’s most vexing problems. Early adopters in government and other industries are already realizing significant value from this innovative technology, and its potential to transform government is enormous. Currently, cognitive systems are helping government organizations navigate complexity in operational environments and foster improved engagement with constituents. Our research indicates that government leaders are poised to embrace this groundbreaking technology and invest in cognitive capabilities to improve outcomes for government organizations across mission areas.

  • Compliance is Made Easier with Certain Steps

    State and local agencies have to prioritize which regulations are most applicable and find efficient ways to ensure compliance—a task made more challenging by insufficient human and financial resources.


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