DIG IT AWARD FINALIST: DATA, ANALYTICS & VISUALIZATION
Transforming statewide data sharing
- By Sara Friedman
- Oct 11, 2017
Ohio agencies began providing data analytics outside basic agency needs for accounting and human resources in 2015. But they quickly realized that more work was needed to facilitate the sharing of information among agencies, and in response, the Department of Administrative Services created a self-service data-sharing and visualization platform.
“Agencies have always been sharing data, but it was difficult because there wasn’t a good place within government to do it,” said Derek Bridges, program administrator for the Ohio Administrative Knowledge System at DAS. “The platform allowed us to speak with agencies about how we can facilitate sharing in a way that will provide them security and privacy from an enterprise level.”
Cloudera helped DAS build the platform on top of Tableau’s visual analytics tools in the state’s private cloud environment. The platform as a service allows DAS to limit users’ access to the datasets that are relevant to their research.
Early initiatives involve collaborating with county health offices to compare data on performance and evaluate public health outcomes across the state. Officials are also preparing for a public procurement to determine the drivers and determinants of infant mortality rates using data from various agencies.
And Ohio’s Interactive Budget website enables visitors to see how money is spent in the state and how revenue is generated and allocated via the state’s budget.
“We also see applications for predictive and prescriptive analytics with some interesting cases and exploratory analyses in alignment with statewide initiatives,” Bridges said. “The challenge for us is trying to meet people’s needs but remain anchored so we will not serve as a bottleneck for these projects and still maintain a sense of governance.”
Sara Friedman is a reporter/producer for GCN, covering cloud, cybersecurity and a wide range of other public-sector IT topics.
Before joining GCN, Friedman was a reporter for Gambling Compliance, where she covered state issues related to casinos, lotteries and fantasy sports. She has also written for Communications Daily and Washington Internet Daily on state telecom and cloud computing. Friedman is a graduate of Ithaca College, where she studied journalism, politics and international communications.
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