March 16, 2012–Standards and technology feel like two elements that are bred within the confines of big data. However, some government agencies focusing on exactly that, are just beginning to see the light. We learned about this exciting conversion thanks to an Information Week story, “Federal Standards Body Focuses on Big Data, Cloud.”
According to the story, “The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s IT Laboratory, which works on IT standards and metrics as well as federal cybersecurity programs, will be placing a new focus on big data and mobility technologies…NIST will be increasing its work on standards, interoperability, reliability, and usability of big data technologies. Government and the private sector continue to amass huge data sets to help facilitate everything from more targeted marketing to improved government oversight.”
This is a promising development, as federal standards play an integral, if invisible, part in the lives of many citizens. Seemingly invisible, but important government wings have been aided before by big data. Think about where the intelligence world would be if not for the help of Digital Reasoning’s Synthesys, which has helped covert organizations catch bad guys by untangling unstructured data for national security purposes. It’s comforting to know that big data is helping our lives in ways that are both visible and not.