Data science: how is it good for government?

May 15, 2016 Articles, Media / Op-ed
By Tala El Issa via Wamda.com (15 May, 2016) All those zeros and ones - how can you make the most of them? (Image via Digitalgov.gov) “Understanding and innovating with data has the potential to change the way we do almost anything for the better,” said Barack Obama at the start of 2015. That’s why, he explained his administration established data.gov, a portal with almost 200,000 data sets open for the public. In 2015, DJ Patil became the first US data chief scientist. Patil believes data science can improve transparency, create efficiency and provide security. His team is using the data to extract insights for the health and social justice sectors. In a similar vein, Arab countries, including Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and most importantly UAE, are starting to endorse data policies into governance in the hope of creating knowledge-based societies. In fact, the UAE has developed an ‘open data portal’ that covers sectors including health, agriculture, and education. Kai Chan shares his advice on how government can utilize data. (Image via Kailchan.ca) Kai Chan is an economist and distinguished fellow at Abu Dhabi’s INSEAD, an innovation and policy initiative. He advises the UAE government on national competitiveness, especially in relation to…

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