NTIS announces data partners

NTIS announces data partners

To increase the use of government data, the Commerce Department’s National Technical Information Service has selected 35 organizations to work with NTIS to help federal agencies improve their data access, interoperability, search and services.

Although the federal government collects an enormous amount of data --  on weather and climate, population and the economy, to name just a few of the larger datasets -- many barriers exist for efficiently using, sharing, analyzing and gaining insights from these national resources.

“We want to accelerate the data innovation process by quickly connecting private-sector experts with agencies striving to create smart cities, deliver critical public services, enhance operational excellence or improve accessibility and interoperability among national data sets,” said NTIS Director Avi Bender.

The 35 new partners include industry giants Amazon Web Services and IBM, as well as universities, consulting firms and small businesses such as Socrata and data.world, which has worked with the Census Bureau to make population data more accessible, easy to use and collaborative.

“We expect the new data science platforms, tools and apps created through these partnerships to help agencies save time and money through innovative, effective ways to manage data in carrying out their mission and operations,” Bender said.

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