Big Data or Big Hype?

The story of data analytics in state and local government is not new, but it has changed. Questions have been raised about the effectiveness and impact of analytics and whether its use is isolated to a few active jurisdictions. Should government focus its attention on open data or does it make sense to put resources into selective data sets for internal use? Is cloud computing the best infrastructure? Are open source tools as good or better than proprietary tools? This report will try to get to the bottom of these questions by investigating the projects and processes underway around state and local government, and include discussions with experts and practitioners to find out where data analytics is headed and the best practices that can help move it forward.

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