March 16, 2012–Everyday it seems we are clued into more and more exciting ways in which the government is accessing big data. We find tons of great examples that just keep improving. The big winner, in the end, are citizens, of course. We read about another victory for the people in a recent GCN article, “Apache Hadoop Powered Big Data Projects in Government and Industry.”
According to the story, which focuses on government big data frameworks, “The Hadoop framework includes several modules, including Hadoop Common, the common utilities that support other Hadoop projects; Hadoop Distributed File System, a distributed file system that provides high-throughput access to application data…While the public sector is just beginning to set up projects based on Hadoop, more than 100 major private-sector big data applications have been built on the Apache Hadoop framework. Some of the more notable include Facebook, eBay, Twitter, Yahoo and the New York Times.”
Apache frameworks have long been a trusted component of big data. So it comes as no surprise that the government is catching on. This, in all likelihood, stems from looking over the shoulder of some of its contractors. Like, for example, Digital Reasoning’s unstructured data software Synthesys, which has been successfully utilized by the intelligence community. No matter how government big data heads got the hint, we think it’s a great sign for the future.