Data & Analytics

How agencies can automate data extraction at scale

COMMENTARY | By combining optical character recognition technology with machine learning, agencies can leverage their unstructured data more easily to improve efficiency, reduce backlogs and solve operational challenges.

Virginia ABC officials say they’ve ‘automated’ liquor lotteries to prevent future errors

Authorities say they’ve worked to limit possibility of human error and Excel mistakes.

GOP-led states plan new voter data systems to replace one they rejected

But few states offer details on how these new systems will work.

User-friendly data reporting helps one agency tackle hate acts

When hate incidents are underreported, victims are underserved. That’s why the California Civil Rights Department launched a phone- and web-based system for individuals to safely and securely report their experiences.

Building better maps with open data on building heights

To inform broadband buildouts, positioning of solar panels and development of digital twins, state and local agencies can now tap into open building height data.

Is the census still the only reliable population data source?

While the census is still the "gold standard" of data, state and local governments are exploring alternative sources to supplement missing or unrepresentative datasets, experts say.

The challenge in identifying problematic online gambling

While technology can help spot those who exhibit signs of problem gambling, finding just what to measure and interpreting that data is tricky.

Metadata catalog refreshes one state’s water use insights

A metadata catalog is helping Arizona water resource managers quickly find and analyze the data needed by water users, planners and decision-makers.

Why Republican-led states keep leaving a group that verifies voter rolls

Some cite ‘election integrity’ in their decision to depart.

Ohio Senate approves DATA Act standardizing elections information statewide

The proposal, known as the DATA Act, grew out of a report commissioned by the Trump-aligned America First Policy Institute.

How feds think data can buy time for people suffering a financial shock

Financial assistance programs need to respond quickly to be effective. The vast troves of government data offer opportunities to shave down that time.

How agencies can clean up criminal records to automate expungement

Automatic record clearance is a growing priority for states as criminal records delay individuals’ ability to reenter society and fill open job slots.

One city’s growing opioid crisis brings data-driven solutions to the front lines

Two decades of overdose data helps the Baltimore City Health Department understand drug use trends to shape treatment programs.

Virginia joins Republican states pulling out of multi-state voter list program

Once a founding member of the Electronic Registration Information Center, a nationwide data-sharing initiative to maintain voter roll accuracy, Virginia plans to leave the organization and establish its own maintenance system.

Optimization model delivers faster emergency response

Researchers used historical traffic data to develop a model that calculates the most efficient routes for police and medical personnel traveling from dispatch locations to vehicle accident sites.

Federal money is coming to fix aging flood control systems – but plans all too often reflect historical patterns and not future risks

As communities replace aging infrastructure to prepare for future climate-driven storms, aging data stands in the way. Experts warn historical weather data may not be sufficient for new infrastructure decisions.

Data gaps curtail innovation, digital equity

Insufficient or incomplete information limits governments' ability to leverage data-driven solutions and innovations, according to a recent report.